Marc-Andre Bourdon vs Erik Gustafsson
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02-08-2012, 09:48 AM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: The District
From a fan of a different team that watches the Flyers often...
I don't think I've ever seen a D more overrated by a fanbase than Erik Gustafsson. Everyone keeps calling him Timonen-lite. He might want to spend some time getting a little bit stronger, because he gets hammered on the forecheck. He is a garden variety D Man, but to read some Flyer fans talk he is the second coming of Timonen and Lidstrom rolled into 1. His stats were padded by a blowout game this year he played in vs Columbus.
Bourdon on the other hand has all the innate talents teams look for in young DMen. He is rugged and tough and makes a great first pass. As someone else said, he never hesitates which can be good and bad. He does have a high hockey IQ. Sure he makes mistakes but what young D doesn't? The problem is a lot of you guys want him to play like a 4 million dollar D, but he is a 22 year old rookie just learning the game.
The coaches seem to trust Bourdon more than Gustafsson too.
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