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02-01-2012, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by NvincentYvalentineR View Post
McDonagh and Shattenkirk would crack the top 4? Doughty Johnson and what Greene? Granted I don't watch the west as much but from what I have seen and looking at the roster what other defenseman would be better than those two? Mcdonagh is our #2 defenseman right now playing ahead of Marc Staal.
Matt Greene is a physical defensive defender (who ranks in top5 in hits for defensman) that is excelling in the defensive roles - ie. PK, boxing out the slot, cleaning away the rebounds. He has also a mean streak in him and plays very physical along the boards. He is also a great shot blocker who once blocked a shot with his face (also got once hit by a truck) and then went to congratulate Quick and after that proceeded to get treatment...

Pic says all:



As for the Kings drafting Hickey fail etc. In hindsight, Lombardi should've drafted Couture but Lombardi can't predict future to know that he's gonna get Doughty/Voynov in his next draft.

Also Hickey is a player, whose two biggest obstacles to the NHL were his tiny frame (he has heavily bulked up since his draft tho) and the fact that he tried to overdue things (end-to-end rushes, often jumping on play) which would not translate well to NHL.
However he is a hard worker and a great skater and while he won't be a top pairing defender, he should be a Beauchemin kind of defensman.

Here is a nice video of his skating abilities and he looks way more physical mature.



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