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09-10-2012, 11:07 AM
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Zambia Mania - Defense

Walter Buswell, Doug Young are solid 1930s defensemen. Not spectacular but reliable. Comparable to Rick Green and Brad Marsh.

Miroslav Dvorak, solid but had a tendency to chase the big hit in the neutral zone. See the Kaminsky hit video posted previously in this thread.

Merk Streit. Offensive upside but a defensive liability. Gets by on talent as opposed to technique and savvy.

Scott Hannan and Al Hamilton. Not the best skaters. Low average.Also low average in terms of on ice geometry, so positioning is not a strong point.

Mike Green promising but sidetracked the last two seasons by injuries. Interesting relationship with Alex Ovechkin. There seems to be a reciprocal offensive relationship where each drives the others offence, creating open ice and opportunities.

The Mania does not have an Alex Ovechkin quality player to interact with Mike Green. So the anticipated offence from Mike Green should be discounted seriously. Does not compare to other young defensemen selected in the MLD - Doughty, Karlsson and Letang are stand alone players. All three are better defensively, with a better overall game.

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