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Could Dmitri Simashev Be Best Defenseman in Draft?

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Dmitri Simashev may not have the offensive production you would expect from a first-round defenseman, but he is just scratching the surface of his offensive potential. Tony Ferrari of The Hockey News joins to profile the big Russian blueliner and why he could be a potential top-pairing defenseman. We discuss how his strong defensive foundation will make him an NHL’er and give context to his lack of offensive production. Next, we compare him to the San Jose Sharks’ newest defensive prospect Shakir Mukhamadullin and where Simashev would fit in among the Sharks’ defensive pipeline (11:00). Finally, Tony analyzes which players helped their stock the most at the recent U-18s including Otto Stenberg and Gabe Perreault (20:00).

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