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02-20-2012, 08:28 PM
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I don't think you can put a tag on the skating of forwards (wings specifically) and dmen. I play both and they have different needs. Just because you can do one does not mean you can do the other. One or the other isn't easier, they're both hard for different reason. To say one is more demanding is just not true. Playing wing demands more high speed skating, agility, quickness and quick bursts to max speed. Defense you need to be able to skate backward and transition quickly, but you rely more on anticipation and reads to gain positional advantage which is why most defensemen are slower skaters. They generally don't need to catch someone, but need to be able to anticipate where the wing is going.

Having said that, at the NHL level the player has honed his game for many years. To suddenly change that is not something very many can do successfully. Generally those that have made the transition have done so becuase they played that position in amateur hockey at some point.

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