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12-23-2011, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by pld459666 View Post
Has nothing to do with being out.

I just never viewed him as a #1 defenceman.

He's played that role by default, but I do not believe he has the requisite offensive skills to be a legit #1 defenceman.

He's a glorified #2 defenceman here in NY simply because of our lack of a true #1.

If what we are seeing from Del Zotto is not a fluke, and he does maintain a solid defensive posture and continues to put up the offensive numbers he is putting up, I would prefer him at the #1 spot and have Staal supporting him as our #2 (exactly where he belongs).

This is not meant as a knock on Staal. He's an incredible talent in his own right, just not rounded enough for me to consider him a legit #1 guy.
I agree with you about Staal being a #1 by default but I don't see MDZ as a #1 either. We have a bunch of solid, dependable defensemen with no true #1 but it doesn't really matter if you have 3 defensive pairings you can trust.

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