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07-22-2011, 08:09 AM
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And it's just another peice of evidence to support Carle being a solid top 4 NHL defenseman.
I might be wrong here, but I think most posters on this board views Carle as a top 4 dman. He is that mostly because he is a great passer of the puck, and has some nice offensive instincts. He isn't more than a #4 though because he lacks (quite a lot) in other parts of the game. He isn't quite good enough along the boards and shies away from contact a bit too much. His skating hasn't been the best, but it has improved.
I think what garners Carle a lot of the criticism he gets here is that we've been waiting for him and Coburn to take the next step for a while now (especially Coburn) and show that they can be the leader on their pairing. So far, they haven't shown that.
Carle is never gonna be a physical player, but he really needs to improve his stick work in defensive play. He won't likely get to the level of Lidström (or Timonen to take a little more realistic example), but he can sure improve here.
Oh, and the Mike Green debate. In his defense (heh), he has often been paired with Jeff Schultz who can be playing either as if he's one of the best shut-down dmen in the league, or as if he should be demoted to the ECHL.
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