Originally Posted by The Hockey Hitman
Interesting...curious to know why you'd send Despres down, instead of Barberio? Not sure what you're seeing there that I'm missing!
Pittsburgh is very deep in terms of defensemen and I don't see Despres making a significant enough impact to warrant a roster spot on his team. There's only one offensive defenseman worth owning on that team and its Kris Letang. Other than that, Matt Niskanen is a decent filler and Brooks Orpik is pretty much only good for leagues with hits.
I'd rather take a chance on Brunner, who could be in the Red Wings top six when the lockout ends. He's already doing well in his audition with Henrik Zetterberg (leading his team in points and the league with 32) on EV Zug. Tampa has few true offensive defensemen and Barberio has continued to look good with Syracuse as he prepares to try and make the team out of training camp. I think there's a pretty good chance he makes the team when the lockout ends and has a solid rookie season.