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10-30-2012, 12:44 AM
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Mike Farkas
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It's a tale of two cities basically for Hamhuis vs. Mitchell and Hannan. He's better than young Mitchell and better than old Hannan. Old Hannan is slow and rather ineffective, thus his quick, silent but sure fade into mediocrity...lucky for him, he's around a lot of his own kind on that sinking ship we call Calgary...as someone that was a big fan of Hannan in San Jose, and I think I referred to him once in an article as "the league's best kept secret", I'm not sure we're in a spot anymore where Hannan would be considered better for his career than Hamhuis. And if there's some metric out there that says otherwise, then we gotta be about - at most - one more season of elite play from Hamhuis away from really surpassing him...but just from my own viewings and knowledge, I'm comfortable in saying Hamhuis has passed him.

As for Willie Mitchell, young Willie was a real gun-slinger as far as defensive defenseman go...a taste for blood...he'd chase that big hit around the rink quite a bit and find himself in some precarious situations to be sure...probably the reason why the Devils traded him straight up for a guy that exhibited more positional integrity but with the ability to make timely hits and clear the crease with authority. With maturity and good coaching, Mitchell has settled in to become one of the better shutdown defenders in the league...

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