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11-12-2003, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Volchenkov
IMO hockey sense can be taught to a defenseman, if he's not matched up against the other team's top players. The probability of any of our prospects developing into NHLers is questionable - addinf a solid physical specimen like Stehlik improves the odds.
Positioning can be taught, hockey sense can not. That's what Aki Berg lacks, that a guy like Wade Redden has. What does Stehlik do that Platil doesn't? Platil is big, has a hard, albeit wild shot, hits like a rock, and is superior defensively. I'd argue Schubert is also superior, as Schubert has played competent hockey at the Olympic level.

I've seen Stehlik a few times, and every time, he's been terrible. The guy looks lost on the ice. I'd rather take a guy like Platil or Schubert, who has that hockey sense and is farther along in their development, than a guy who IF he gains that hockey sense, could join them, and be a good 6th defenceman.

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