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03-31-2011, 04:26 PM
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I think defenseman can be "coached" more than forwards. You can't really teach offensive skill and natural goal scoring ability; maybe getting more garbage goals. Offensive ability can be honed a little bit, but there is a reason Oveckin/Crosby broke into the league tearing it up with bad linemates on a bad team-- they had natural, unteachable skill. Radulov would be a another example, though not to the extent of Crosby obviously.

Defense can be taught more, and I think Trotz is one of the best in the league. Here turned journeymen like Zanon, Eaton, etc into top4 dmen. Turned other journeymen like Bouillion, O'Brien, etc into a serviceable guys. And most every prospect that came through the system-- Timonen, Skrastins, Weber, Suter, Hamhuis, Klien, Franson, etc have met or exceeded their projected potential.

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