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09-12-2012, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by BernieParent View Post
I disagree that Subban is below-average defensively. He logged huge minutes against top lines almost from the moment he was part of the big club. Yeah, he's raw and turns the puck over, but this is most often when he's trying to do it all himself. Though I'd say 'no' to Subban for Couturier, my response is not as automatic as everyone else's here.

And Carle is a poor comparator to Subban. Subban can play physical D, has a hard, accurate slapshot from the point, and will drop the gloves.
He is definitely a different player from Carle (other than that "play defense" thing). He's too busy hot dogging to play his position properly. He's improved in that regard but still has a long way to go.

Let's put it this way -- if your team has a 1-goal lead, would you be comfortable with him out there protecting it? I wouldn't.

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