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05-21-2010, 06:14 AM
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Originally Posted by PHX FireBirds18 View Post
Nah... OEL probably just had a quite Lidstrom like game. Propelling the offense in transition, while being a steady threat in his own end. At least I'm hoping
Lidstrom was/is a stay-at-home defenceman who got points via amazing outlet passes, and on the power play. OEL is more offensive, a better skater and while being a tad more physical. On top of this he plays like a veteran despite being 18 years old. He's making the little plays that look easy, but that most other players mess up on a regular basis. He has a great vision and crisp passes and never seems to be out of position. He always seems to be back in time when he does go forward, so his hockey smarts is obviously pretty high.

This kid is better than Lidstrom at the same age, perhaps even much better.
I'm seeing a mix between Ray Bourque and Nicklas Lidstrom. Yeah, I bet that'll make a lot of people either laugh or - but I've never seen an 18 year old defenceman as poised and calm as he is, he's got all the tools to become a legend.

At this point, I'd say he's even better than Adam Larsson if he progresses the same up til his's almost 19.. Much better than both Karlsson and Hedman for sure.

Originally Posted by XX View Post
Swedish national team fans are basically drooling themselves stupid over this kid. That's a good sign. Calling him better than Hedman is pretty remarkable. When you can't beat Lidstrom, go out and draft your own I guess.
He's been the best Swedish defenceman in the WC, perhaps the best defenceman period (haven't seen all the other games, but who's challenging him at this point?)

Originally Posted by FutureGM97 View Post
I am definitely good with that. The SEL is, in my opinion, the 2nd best hockey league in the world besides the NHL.

No, KHL is clearly better - not even close.

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