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02-08-2012, 07:36 AM
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True Blue
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Originally Posted by Zil View Post
I honestly cannot believe all the Bickel love. He's not an NHL caliber defenseman. He can't make a simple outlet pass to save his life. He's made defensive miscues in pretty much every game he's played. And you don't want your defensemen fighting anyway. You want a defenseman hitting. Eminger does that. Eminger does all the toughness things you want in a 5-6 defenseman and he's much better than Bickel defensively.
Conversely, I canot believe all of teh Eminger love. And again, I am just playing devil's advocate. If you do not want your defensemen fighting, then why some of the defensive choices that the Rangers have drafted over the last several years? Fighting is a part of their game. Not sure how Eminger is a big hitter, since I have yet to see him lay a major lick onto anyone.

And as for him being "much" better, that is highly suspect. NONE of the statistics bear out that way.

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