Thread: AAA 2012 Draft
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10-29-2012, 11:05 PM
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
Where does that leave us though, in terms of how good defensively we are to believe he was? You and I are just historians doing the best we can with the info we had. Keenan is one of the most successful NHL coaches of all-time.
Defensive play has multiple dimensions. As a small player, Eklund was probably much better in open ice than he was along the boards. He may have been defensively responsible and helped cover for Kerr in transition while still being less than optimal for other defensive situations.

So Eklund's overall defensive value would depend on his linemates, opponents, rink size, etc rather than being reduced to a single constant value.

Btw I think Dan Hamhuis is a terrific pick here. It's always hard to put active players in perspective but he's on track to be an ATD fixture.

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