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09-30-2011, 11:18 AM
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I disagree. Or rather, I'll hedge -- he didn't seem out of place and even looked good,
so long as the puck was in the offensive zone
As soon as the Sabres got possession, however, DD became invisible and you wouldn't hear his name spoken again -- because the Sabres would maintain possession in the Habs' zone and DD just
could not get the puck back
Unlike Tampa, Buffalo didn't score, but I thought that game a perfect illustration of why DD is aces on the PP but can't match up against top-6ers at evens. He's got great offensive awareness and fantastic puck skills, but his defensive abilities just aren't there yet.
This isn't a knock on DD's spot with the team -- he'll slaughter fourth-liners and several third lines. But it explains why he's fourth on the Habs' C depth chart, not second as some would have you believe.
Agreed. Against tough opposition, he'll probably fare better as a winger..
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