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06-23-2012, 11:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Grant123 View Post
We would be lacking that stay at home guy but I wouldn't exactly call our defense soft necessarily. Both the NJD and LAK defense corps hit less than the Leafs did during the regular season. Leafs had 5 people with 100+ hits (including Schenn) while NJ and LA each had 2. Not saying this proves you 100% don't need the stay at home physical guy, just trying to say that it isn't a must have.

Here are the teams defensemen sorted by hits if you felt like looking:

From the draft interviews they kept on mentioning how the defensemen they drafted were mobile and had a high IQ, is Burke starting to switch to that instead of toughness on the backend?

Edit: Decided to look at how much the defense hit in Anaheim back in 2007 for their cup win, their top 4 hitters had 118, 82, 77 and 55 hits during the regular season. Toronto's top 4 hitters on the back end this year had 270, 214, 114 and 104.
That just shows that they weren't hemmed in their zone as much as we were IMO, especially considering the difference in size and defensive skill of the two forward corps. With Nieds and Pronger eating up half an hour of ice time, you'd figure they spend most of their time moving it out quickly instead of chasing the puck with hits.

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