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08-26-2012, 11:38 AM
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
Again, a good contrast is the 2010-2011 Habs. They started the season with 5 top-4 dmen: Markov, Gorges, Subban, Hamrlik, Spacek. They lost 2 and added Wisniewski, so effectively they lost 1, and that was good enough for 6th place in the Eastern Conference.

The 2012-2013 Habs? They have 3 top-4 dmen: Markov, Gorges, Subban.
Okay, so there's a good chance that one of Kaberle, Emelin, Diaz, or even Weber fill that top 4 role adequately. In 2010-2011 Subban was the best defenseman on the Habs.

Sure Wiznewski put up a huge amount of points for us but let's not forget that he was a disaster in our own zone and there was much debate in offering him the same contract for exactly that reason and the fact that he might be injury prone. Hamrlik was imo the biggest loss because he was a minute eating two-way defenseman that always bailed the team out and played beyond his limitations. He was old and slow but when he turned it on he would get us that goal or empty the tank to rush back and dive to the ice to save one, he was the glue.

In 2011-2012, Gorges has adequately filled in for Hammer and I would say even then some (played less than half a season).

Subban was two points shy of his rookie total yet developed into a defensive D-man with huge untapped offensive potential. If he can put it together offensively for a whole season not just the latter half (Something like 19gp12pts+9), I am convinced he's going to be a force like Shea Weber for us in the future, and he's got the advanced statistics that almost mirror Nashville's finest right now.

Markov will give us more than 7 games hopefully, nothing more needs to be said there, guy is still elite even at this stage which will give us a gigantic boost.

So overall, when you break it down, we are going into next season with a MUCH better defense than 2010-2011 and especially last year.

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