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10-12-2003, 04:29 AM
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Derek
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MrMackey
Given your first set of questions, it sounds like you don't know anything about him... care to elaborate on why he's no good?

Many here (including myself) feel he has the tools to become a solid number 1/2 defenseman, but I'd like to understand why I was under such misconceptions.
Sorry I have been working and did not have a chance to reply. I would say he is OK, good, decent, but not 'flat out good' or a #1/2 dman as stated by others in their point of view.
Here is my analysis.
skating -OK not exceptional
puck handling -decent
hockey sense -OK
shot -very hard, accurate, but he is not quick enougt to get into position to use it much
hitting -OK but not punishing
toughness -will respond if challenged, but does not initiate. not the grit of J Smith or Staois
the main redemming quality is his size.
I know it takes longer for dmen to develop, especially big dmen.
He has had very poor starts to his seasons.
I like Semenov, nothing personal, I just don't see him as a top 1/2 dman,
maybe eventually he could be in the top 4, but not at the rate he is going.
That's my opinion, maybe I'm wrong and if he turns into a top dman this year or next, please tell me you told me so.

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