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01-23-2012, 08:02 PM
Les Wynan*
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Originally Posted by SJeasy View Post
I understand the differences between the two. Although Handzus had the #1 PK minutes in LA, he was facing second tier competition. That wasn't a ringing endorsement for his PK.

Wellwood got his defensive prowess by keeping it out of the SJ zone. Very good on creating NZ turnovers and very good at setting offensive zone picks, maintaining possession. And yes, physicality was a weakness for him. But for Zeus, he is subject to being pickpocketed and is frequently too slow on the cycle to maintain possession. His speed is also affecting his dzone coverage which is important because he doesn't maintain o-zone possession as well. He is strong on physicality and likely won't get outmuscled. The question is balance. Maybe the Nucks won't outmuscle him, but it is entirely likely that they will outhustle him. And in the meantime, Wellwood holds out better against lesser defenses. At this point, I would have to give the definite edge to Wellwood.
This was on full display versus the Canucks. He lost that faceoff to Hodgson and then lost the race against Hodgson (who isn't exactly fleet of foot himself, to say the least) to the rebound that Niemi kicked out. He's singlehandedly dragging down that third line.

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