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05-30-2012, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by leftwinger37 View Post
#1 most important trait for a defenseman. Nick Lidstrom has had a long and productive NHL career because he is very rarely caught out of position and he is the king of gap control.
One of the subtle things Lidstrom also does that makes him such a good defenseman is that he almost never crosses over when backskating and trying to change direction; he stays inside edge and goes knee to knee to make a big change of direction and he's just so quick and smooth at it. I watched a segment about him a while back and they spotlighted this about him and how much of a difference it makes. Went to a camp once where the coaches ran a great drill on this and it really helped me.

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