Defenseman playing on the wrong side
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07-26-2010, 12:55 PM
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Join Date: Jun 2010
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I've wondered how important this was from the time all of the lefthanders (Spacek, Mara, Gill) were signed last year. In fact I thought Hamrlik was maybe on the trading block at the start of last season because of the over abundance of lefties. But early injuries (Markov/O'Byrne/Gill/Mara) put that plan aside if in fact their ever was one?
But back to Spacek - I was under the impression he got the right side because he had experience on the PP from that side. I thought Spacek was okay backing up and defending. I was more frustrated with his general positioning once play was already established and his passes. After watching some replays of some Buffalo games I came to the conclusion his positioning is not great from either side. Maybe someone has a different perception.
Gorges is quick enough that he seemingly is okay on the right or left. Hamrlik played the right on the penalty kill with Markov and I thought did a good job. He also has a tendency to drift to the right moreso than any other d-man.
Gill doesn't seem to cross a magical line going down through the center of the ice. Gorges is more inclined to come over to Gill's side.
Bergeron I thought did a very decent job of backing up and breaking up plays. But if play got established he just seemed totally lost and scared.
I guess ultimately were the fans more concerned about Spacek playing on the right than Spacek, the team or coaches were?
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