Do we have a number one D-Man?
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08-13-2012, 04:53 PM
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Subban was also a #1 on a 6th place team. The problems last year had nothing to do with the 1st pairing.
Exactly. The first-pair was adequate and in fact very effective. The issue stemmed from absolutely terrible depth outside of the first-pair.
Subban is a #1-2 depending who talk to.
Gorges is a #3-4 (some might say 2) depending who you talk to.
then we have
Emelin who some say is a Top 4, but last year he was at best a #5. More of a #6.
Diaz: see above.
Kaberle some might say is still a Top 4, but he hasn't played like on since Toronto. He's at best a #5 (the way he's played).
Campoli and Weber are at best #7 defenseman (the way they've played).
I don't care what anyone says, we played with only 2 Top 4-caliber D-men last season. One of which is on the lower tier of that (Gorges). That is a sure-fire recipe for disaster: which it was. The bright side for this year is we are getting hopefully a healthy Markov which will *at worst* give us another Top-4 defenseman, perhaps a #1 defenseman if he returns to form. Emelin and Diaz will have more notches on their belts and should be able to contribute a little more. We still have a relatively uni-dimensional and weak defense-corps IMO.
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