Thread: Value of: Hamhuis for Beauchemin
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01-24-2011, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by RewBicks View Post
Hamhuis is a better puck-moving defenseman/player in transition than any of the defensemen you've listed. The only comparable on the Leafs in that regard is Kaberle (though Hamhuis does not have his nose for offense). Hamhuis would be the most well-rounded defender on the Leafs after Kaberle, easily. He is, without a doubt, better defensively and in transition than Phaneuf.

In other words, he wouldn't be redundant - whether or not Burke and his old school mentality realize it, he's exactly the kind of defenseman the Leafs are sorely going to need moving forward. And there's no way in hell the Canucks would trade him for a slow-footed, past his prime, weak in transition Beauchemin.
HA.... Hamhuis is over-rated. He has no offensive upside what so-ever, and will always be a 20-30 pt defenseman at best. Only thing he beats Beauchemin on is the GVA, and and take aways. Every other defensive category he is behind Beauchimin in. He doesn't hit, he doesn't block shots. He is a good player... but his success in transition is more a product of the strong forward group Vancouver has than his own skills.

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