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12-12-2011, 12:48 PM
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Mio41
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Originally Posted by wolfgaze View Post
That's the key to his defensive game and what separates him from the prototypical young, offensively-minded defensemen who were never noted to have strong defensive games... Del Zotto understands to compete at the NHL level you need to play a style that makes it difficult for the opposing forwards to operate and he has become really effective at pinning forwards against the boards, rubbing them out of the play and allowing his teammates to recover the puck, and clearing guys out from the goal area... I loved how nasty MDZ got with Dominic Moore in the Tampa Bay game....

Staal, Girardi, McD, Sauer, MDZ - they all play an aggressive style in the defensive zone, they all buy into the same mentality... None of them are devastating hitters with any regularity, but they have active sticks, are very physical and hands on in the d-zone and we are so much more difficult to play against than the days of the Redden's and Rozsival's....
Good post, but I have to add Emminger to the nastiness in his own end

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