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11-15-2011, 10:44 AM
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jBuds
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Originally Posted by Chainshot View Post
His game is exactly what I want out of a defenseman. He plays defense first and in a style that is going to make it damned hard on his opponents to score.

And yet, he often makes smart decisions with the puck in the offensive zone because he's playing a simple game. If there is no play to the net, he lays it down into the corner. He uses his body to hold the zone. And just as a point of order, he has 2 fewer shots on goal than Gragnani in one more game played. Sit with that for a moment -- Robyn Regehr has 2 fewer shots than the everyday pointman on the Sabres #1 powerplay unit.
He epitomizes "simplicity" on the back end. If he has nothing, it's off the glass and out. If he comes around from behind the net to break out and sees his winger on the hash, it's a tape-to-tape pass, not a wrap around the boards. If he's going to retrieve the puck on the forecheck, he's looking over his shoulder in both directions to find the oncoming forecheckers AND see where his wingers will be. If he has to take a hit to make a play and get the puck to where it needs to go, HE DOES IT.

Little things like that that expedite the breakout process and make up-ice transition that much easier.

And we know what he brings in front of the net, in the corners, and when play is stuck in our zone for a while.

I love him.

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