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04-19-2011, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Ishdul View Post
This is always a (terrible) discussion point with any gifted young offensive D-man who isn't immediately up for Norris discussions. The skills of an offensive defenseman are different from those of a forward. A good point shot isn't going to be used as much as a forward, the ability to carry the puck wouldn't matter as much, being good at holding pucks in at the point is now a near worthless talent and you're not going to get as many first-pass-out-the-zone opportunities. On the flipside, we don't know how Karlsson would do as a net presence, whether he'd be a good forechecker or not, how good his backhand is, how he would do on faceoffs, etc.

And that doesn't take into account the silliness of acting like Karlsson is nightmarish defensively with no opportunity of improving. Change of positions is what you do for either guys who are completely ambiguous in position (not Karlsson) or someone who is such a write-off as a player that you have nothing to lose by changing their position (really not Karlsson).

Also, Rundblad doesn't play a thing like Karlsson. Besides being young Swedish offensive D-men they don't have much of anything in common. Rundblad succeeding here would not render anything Karlsson does as redundant.
Tremendous post.

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