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08-23-2010, 10:25 PM
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yeah i agree that mdz will get better defensively but whos to say that sangs wouldnt have developed into atleast a decent defensive player with a terrific skating stride, a big shot and solid passing skills. after all, he was touted as more of a pp guy than a shutdown defender.
both times i saw him play in person with the pack, his shot impressed me. very hard and he got it off pretty quick.
and i saw nothing that indicated sangs was unwilling to throw his body. in fact i didnt see enough of him really to know what he would or wouldnt do.
but we will never know. carolina will be the benefactor of his skills now.
Sangs never had a "hard" shot. It was an accurate wrist/snap shot from the point. We aren't talking Souray/Macinnis, more Poti/Lidstrom.
In his first season with the 'Pack he was pushed around a lot and would shy away from the corners and would constantly get beat in the corners by being out-muscled. He had a good season offensively and on the PP on a pretty good 'Pack team nonetheless therefore people overlooked it and said all he had to do was get stronger.
He spent the offseason getting stronger and he was noticeably bigger and stronger in camp and yet he was still passive and played a much more cerebral game which there is nothing wrong with except for the fact that most Ranger fans hate those types of defensemen(see Rozsival, Poti, Malik).
He has upside still and, IMO, will be an NHL defenseman but I think his ceiling is somewhere around a Tom Poti(which is nothing to scoff at) but he is more likely to be a bottom-pairing PP specialist.
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