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04-03-2011, 06:08 PM
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Velociraptor
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Niklas Kronwall, D

Position: Defenseman
HT/WT: 6'0", 192 lbs
Shoots: Left
Nickname: "Kronner", "Wall"



- Won the Stanley Cup with Detroit (2008)
- Won Gold medal at the Winter Olympics (2006)
- Won Gold medal at the World Championships (2006)
- Named MVP and Best Defender in World Championships in 2006.
- Named to the World Championship All-Star Team in 2006.
- 34 goals, 181 regular season points in 385 games played. (Still active)
- 2 goals, 32 playoff points in 63 games played.

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Originally Posted by The Hockey News
Hits anybody that moves and can intimidate in open ice. Skates well and is usually in sound defensive position. Has a wealth of offensive ability. Big-hitting, big-minute defenseman with great mobility.
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Originally Posted by The Hockey News
Niklas Kronwall, finally healthy at this time of year, is another two-way threat who likes to hit.
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Originally Posted by TSN.ca
Trying to beat a hockey team with four defencemen as good as Nick Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski, Niklas Kronwall and Brad Stuart is like trying to break a pane of glass with a feather.

Kronwall, a 27-year-old Swede in his first championship series after having previous post-season wiped out by injuries, has been particularly impressive. The 12 points and plus-13 on the plus-minus scale on the resume of the six-foot, 189-pound blue-liner are leading numbers for all NHL defencemen in these playoffs.
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Originally Posted by Ansar Khan, mlive.com
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall has been more active in joining the rush this season, more involved offensively. When Kronwall is at the top of his game, he is a double-edged sword for the Red Wings because of his ability to deliver crushing open-ice hits and contribute offensively.
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Originally Posted by Nicklas Lidstrom
Nik's very good at reading the play, getting up in the play; He's got good patience, good poise with the puck. He's hanging onto it and finding a lane.
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Originally Posted by Hakan Andersson, Director of European Scouting for the Detroit Red Wings
I know one scout who tried to bring up Niklas Kronwall's name with his team. They just laughed at him. They never even had a serious dialogue. They just stopped him. They said 'a 5-11 Swedish defenceman?' [The Red Wings] organization is more open-minded than that. Turns out he got to keep his job, and we successfully landed one of the league's best two-way defenseman because of it.
Niklas Kronwall becomes a wrecking ball and destroys Martin Havlat, surprisingly, the hit yielded a suspension. The 1:50 mark shows the best replay of the massive hit.



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