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02-20-2011, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
Seriously, if Gonchar is "competent" defensively, then no one is incompetent. Which drafted defensemen would you say are worse than him, Billy?
As TDMM said, he's probably the worst defensively of any drafted defensemen so far. I didn't draft him for his stalwart defense, I drafted him to move the puck, provide offense, and be my PPQB. Will he be the worst defensively of any defenseman drafted in this? Absolutely not. Good defensively was a reach on my part, admittedly. But as my quotes suggest, he has improved significantly as his career progressed, and got a really bad wrap around the league as being terrible defensively, and hasn't broken from that mold despite improving. It's a label that's just stuck with him, unfortunately. Vecens, a guy who has probably watched him more than any of us, said the same thing awhile ago.

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