I've been seeing many people argue that having two rookie defense men on the same pairing is not going to happen. People have said it would be a disaster. Well, guess what; the 2003 - 2004 NJ Devils, a team fresh off winning the Stanley Cup, did just that.
22 year old's Paul Martin and David Hale were both playing as the 3rd pairing for a majority of that season. They both finished the season at +12. Martin's ATOI was 20, while Hale's was less, but a respectable 15. Okay, that's good for them, but how did the team fair defensively? They won the Jennings trophy. That's right, they finished 1st in the league in goals against.
So, aside from the moving players aspect, why are people so scared of a pair of rookies? Paul Martin and David Hale weren't special in anyway, were they?