CBJ 2010-2011 Tweetviews Pt. 2 - Defense

Mike Commodore does a little peepin' of his own...


Next up in the Tweetviews series, a look at the blueliners - and the many players waiting in the wings for a chance to show what they can do at the next level.

Again, all "tweetviews" will be no longer than 140 characters, and I'll try to give some measure of prediction for what we can expect from each player or prospect.

Brandon ArchibaldBig guy, scoring touch, moves the puck - a couple more years in Juniors and you could find yourself in Nationwide.

Anton Blomqvist: The Malmo Redhawk! A late pick last year - Stay at home guy on ice, perhaps coming to North America when your Swedish contract is through? 

Grant ClitsomeBest. Name. Ever. 11 games wasn't much, but you played well. Can't quite see you playing in NHL full time, though. Lots of back and forth?

Mike CommodoreYou were disappointed, embarrassed, injured. So were we! Use that, let it drive you. Bring the fro and the fury back.

Steven Delisle: Down year in the Q last year. You're a position guy, not a scorer. Guessing AHL, could even end up in ECHL. Plenty of time to grow.

Cody GoloubefGoing pro! Big step up. You were huge for the Badgers - can you keep shutting down opponents for the Falcons? Great skater.

Nate GueninEmotional soft spot for an OSU grad, but you'll probably spend most of the year showing the kids how it's done. Perhaps a callup or two?

Jan HejdaYou've been the iron man, and one of the best defenders - you need to prove that you'll rebound, and last year was a fluke.

Nick HoldenOperation Petticoat? Wait, wrong guy. Coming along well, but not the scoring machine you were in WHL. Probably in the callup queue.

Rusty Klesla: Taken a lot of abuse, on and off ice. Stay Healthy! Play like it's the playoffs, and you'll be fine. Otherwise the last OGCBJ may part ways.

Dmitri Kosmachev: Big, powerful dude. You kept showing up for camp, then flying home. Sadly, I think you're done with us, set with AK-Bars Kazan.

Thomas Larkin: A world traveler, lots of size - good start at Colgate, but far too early for much more. 

Austin MadaiskyNot that great in WHL regular season, but you had a great playoff. Keep moving the puck well, and you'll be regarded as another Howson steal.

Marc MethotCorsi numbers say you actually play a lot of hard minutes, but you feel like an afterthought. Soon to be RFA - can you show us more?

John MooreYour talent impressed, but your dedication to get ready, make team this off season got my attention. I think he'll make the squad.

Drew Olson: Big shot, tough one on one, but only two points last year in NCAA? Not encouraging for someone they said could be a future PPQB...

Dalton ProutLate bloomer, late pick, probably one more year in Juniors - another big D-man for the prospect pool.

Michael RatchukAre you a d-man, or a forward? We really lost the Legein trade. I smell an AHL bust.

Brent Regner20 points in your first AHL season isn't bad at all. -13, though, could use some work.

Kris RussellEverything seems to be coming together for you - speed, defense, scoring. Need you to keep raising the bar - can you thrive in top pairing?

Teddy Ruth:  Great +/- at ND, but you didn't set the world on fire. Still, you made the decision to go pro - hopefully you can bring solid D to AHL game.

David SavardYou had a great year at Moncton. Trying to make the leap to NHL this year? Tall order. Don't be shocked if you show well, but go back to Q.

Jonathan SigaletYou've had some great starts, but injuries keep shutting you down. Big in camp, or back to AHL? Betting on Falcons.

Anton StralmanRFA gets a one year deal - the pressure is right back on. Can you put up 35+ points AND keep pucks out of the net? Earn the next contract.

Fedor TyutinFans love you, scoring always a surprise. 30+ points last two years - 40 this year?  +/- needs a little help, too.

Will Weber: Best defensive D-man at Miami OH, perhaps another run to the Frozen Four ahead? Wouldn't be surprised if you go pro next year.

Thanks for sticking with another set of Tweetviews! Don't forget that we already covered the forwards on Monday. We'll wrap up with the goalies and coaches!

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