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October 9 2008 at 5:37 AM
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Year after year, the Giants have built their team around a defence that excels at moving the puck

The Province

Published: Thursday, October 09, 2008

2006-07 GIANTS DEFENCE

PAIRING NO.1

Cody Franson (6-5, 205, 18 years old) 71 games, 15 goals, 40 assists, 55 points, 61 penalties in minutes; 2005 Nashville third-round pick, starting this year with AHL Milwaukee.

Paul Albers (6-0, 180, 20 years old)

70-17-45-62, 33 PIMs; signed with Minnesota as a free agent, starting this year AHL Houston.

PAIRING NO. 2

Mark Fistric (6-2, 232, 19 years old)

60-7-22-29, 148 PIMs; 2004 Dallas first-round pick, starting first full year in NHL.

Jon Blum (6-0, 165, 16 years old)

61-7-17-24, 25 PIMs; 2007 Nashville first-round pick, playing with Giants.

PAIRING NO. 3

Brett Festerling (6-1, 190, 19 years old) 67-1-6-7, 35 PIMs; signed with Anaheim as a free agent, starting this year with AHL Iowa.

Chad Scharff (6-1, 200, 19 years old) 62-3-8-11, 57 PIMs; retired after the following season, Giants assistant coach this year.

SEVENTH GUY

John Flatters (6-1, 217, 18 years old)

51-3-3-6, 95 PIMs; 2005 Philadelphia sixth-round pick, had Phoenix tryout offer this year.

2007-08

PAIRING NO. 1

Cody Franson (6-5, 215, 19 years old) 59-17-34-51, 88 PIMs; was a late cut by Nashville this season; should see some NHL duty.

A.J. Thelen (6-3, 212, 20 years old)

30-4-5-9, 35 PIMs; 2004 Minnesota first-round pick, starting this year with ECHL Florida.

PAIRING NO. 2

Jon Blum (6-foot-0, 170, 17 years old) 72-8-43-51, 48 PIMs; paired with two former Giants captains in Fistric and Festerling.

Brett Festerling (6-1, 200, 20 years old) 70-5-16-21, 80 PIMS; was a late cut from Anaheim this year; trained with Giants in summer.

PAIRING NO. 3

Brendan Mikkelson (6-3, 198, 19 years old) 69-6-23-29, 60 PIMs; 2005 Anaheim second-round pick, starting this year with AHL Iowa.

Brent Regner (6-0, 170, 18 years old) 64-1-5-6, 19 PIMs; 2008 Columbus fifth-round pick, playing with the Giants.

SEVENTH GUY

Neil Manning (5-11, 170, 16 years old) 3-0-0-0, 0 PIMs; was an underage call-up last season, now playing with the Giants.

THIS YEAR'S DEFENCE

PAIRING NO.1

Jon Blum (6-1, 175, 19 years old)

3-2-2-4, 0 PIMs; Blum playing with more confidence after stint at Nashville's camp.

Brent Regner (6-0, 17, 19 years old) 6-0-4-4, 4 PIMs; like Blum, he's come back strong from stint with Columbus.

PAIRING NO. 2

Neil Manning (5-11, 170, 17 years old) 7-3-3-6, 2 PIMs; shooting puck well, which was concern after last year's wrist troubles.

Craig Schira (6-0, 196, 20 years old)

7-3-4-7, 4 PIMs; meshing well with Manning; big shot helping power play.

PAIRING NO.3

Mike Berube (6-1, 215, 20 years old) 7-1-2-3, 9 PIMs; solid, steady dependable guy who would play more most other teams.

Curtis Kulchar (6-0, 195, 18 years old) 0-0-0, 0 PIMs; early-season trade pick-up should be back from knee injury in few weeks.

EXTRA GUYS

Bronson Maschmeyer (5-9, 160, 17 years old) 4-0-0-0, 2 PIMs; sharing time with Witt as Kulchar recovers; saw playoff duty last year.

Simon Witt (6-3, 178 pounds, 16 years old) 4-0-0-0, 2 PIMs; one of three 16-year-olds on the team, Giants like his size.


© The Vancouver Province 2008

 
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