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Detroit defenceman Jake Walman avoided arbitration:
A reminder that Walman had offseason shoulder surgery and will miss the start of the season. For a player entering his age-26 season and just 76 career games, he's facing an uphill battle to get a regular lineup spot.
I wrote very briefly on Walman back in May but let's go a bit deeper here. First, he never really had great AHL production. His last three seasons down there, ages 21-23, amounted to 60 points in 182 regular season games. He finished well behind teammate Derrick Pouliot (currently UFA with just 13 NHL games in his last three seasons) in point production in his last AHL campaign. That is to say, by production, there didn't seem to be a diamond in the rough. But he was highly thought of, it seemed, by the St. Louis staff, at least as a hand in the AHL.
When dealing with a guy that has 76 career NHL games, there are small samples abound. With that said, Walman