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07-22-2012, 07:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Stealth JD View Post
I'm not a fan of Russell either. I'll be glad when he's replaced with a more capable defender, as I feel he's the weakest link of the d-core.

Sure he's a good skater and moves the puck well...but he's neutralized pretty easily by a solid fore-check. I get that he had a strong series against LA...but I think he's a niche player who in a perfect world would be replaced by someone who's 200+ pounds.
No he's not. He has the ideal skill set to counter a strong fore-check. You counter a fore-check with mobility and strong puck skills, not size and physicality.

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