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12-03-2011, 08:08 PM
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The "Using a Defenseman as a Forward" Thread

Hello everyone,

I am curious about your opinions on using a defenseman as a forward, as we have done in the past with Streit and currently (occasionally) with Weber. There seems to be a lot of negative sentiment towards the idea, but personally I like it. It worked great with Streit, who played the PP and also a regular shift on the third line. It seems to work best with an offensive D, who can then play PP, play on a defensive line and also contribute offense.

What are your opinions about playing Weber in this role? Personally, I think it could be a good way to develop him, since he's not a better defensive dman than his direct competition in the depth chart (Diaz, St. Denis, Emelin), but he has PP abilities (although hasn't shown them lately), a great shot, and can play a regular shift on the 4th line.

So why not? Do you prefer a grittier, more traditional 4th liner in the role? Are you concerned for his development, having to switch roles often?

I like the idea. What are your thoughts?

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