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03-26-2012, 08:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Spectator View Post
Joe actually takes face offs in his own zone, unlike Henrik, can't speak for Sid. Him, Marleau and Pavelski are the shutdown line and face some of the stiffest competition nightly and are incredibly successful at it. Thornton IS one of the best defensive forwards in the league, Pavelski is better and should be in the conversation, but unfortunately the Selke more than any other award is given on reputation, part of the reason is that it is so hard to quantify defensive prowess. Also it seems the award is biased toward players that are awesome defensively and really fast, whereas a less explosive guy doesn't get near enough recognition. The award is quiet flawed. Can't go wrong with Datsyuk though.
The days where star/top forwards only play offence are long gone. In order to have success in this league you need to have your entire team buying into a team-defence. It's not a surprise that the top clubs have a ****-ton of two-way forwards as well as 1st Liners who play above-average defence.

Detroit, Vancouver, New York, Pittsburgh, Philly, St. Louis. Boston amongst others. All of their top lines play either excellent neutral-trap stifling defence (NY, STL, BOS) , or a zone-defence (DET, VAN, PIT, PHI)

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