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03-01-2005, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Jovanovski = Norris
I never said that Ozolinch is better than Kaberle now. I just think in his prime, Ozolinch was a decent #1 defenseman (with some shortcomings). Can Kaberle be a #1 in the same regard? Imo no. Even though Kaberle and Ozolinch are both weak defensively, Ozolinch was a much fluid skater, a better goal-scorer, had a great shot and was a better overall offensive defenseman. Right now, Ozolinch is nearing the twilight of his career and Kaberle and Johnsson may both be better than him.

Johnsson is better than Kaberle in that he is solid defensively. Perhaps he isn't as talented as Kaberle offensively, I'd much rather have Johnsson playing defense than Kaberle in a critical situation. Johnsson is also slightly more physical.

Thats weird, Ozolinsh is probably the one defenseman in the NHL who can say he is better offensively than Kaberle, yet worse defensively than Kaberle. (Yes I thought of Andy Delmore and Tom Poti!)

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