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07-04-2012, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike8 View Post
For all the flak this D core gets for not being intimidating, both Subban and Emelin are good at open ice hits. That's the sort of 'intimidation' and physical presence that makes more of a difference--not the after-the-whistle scrums. Players will be less inclined to be overly creative around the blueline or just inside the blueline for fear of taking their eyes off of an incoming open-ice hit.

For that matter, Bouillon's pretty decent along the wall, too. And he has the quickness to stand opponents up on the blueline and get back into the play.

Cubes biggest problem is handling the big opposing forwards down low in front of the net. Frankie is as tough as nails, but when someone 6'3, 225 is leaning on him has problems controlling their sticks.

Kind of the spectrum opposite of Gill, he could handle guys down low, but his mobility hindered him from trying to challenge players away from the net, they would breezeby(pardon the punt) by him.

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