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08-08-2010, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Panfork View Post
He's a One-Way player. Lacks the defensive half of the game. Franchise players should be players who at least have responsible defense. Datsyuk, Crosby, Malkin, Iginla, Zetterberg, Ovechkin, Getzlaf, Toews, Stastny, Nash, Parise, M. Richards, Thornton, Lecavalier, and even Gaborik to an extent.

All these players are considered 'Franchise Players', and they all share 2 traits. They have great to superb offensive talent, along with very responsible play in their own zone. Kovalchuk lacks that responsible play in his own zone.
No, no, no.

If Kovalchuk isnt a "franchise player," than Gaborik certainly is not. Not only is Gaborik's responsibility in his own zone a bit overrated in my opinion, but durability should play into the equation too.

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