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01-01-2010, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by ThirdEye View Post
No one is saying he's absolutely terrible. He's just not a top four defenseman in my opinion because he doesn't possess the skill needed to be one. You can hit all you want and block shots, but if you can't handle the puck and move it up the ice you're not a top 4 defessenman. He can, however, almost pass for a 3-4 defenseman as we've seen, but on a team with very good defensive depth, ideally you would want him playing bottom pair minutes.
Right, because Staal's impeccable offensive ability, certainly make him a "top" pairing defenseman on a "great" team.

How did the leading-the-rush/long outlet passing project this season work for Staal?

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