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11-01-2012, 11:15 AM
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Rise from the Ashes
Markov will be that rock if he is healthy and mentally up-to-speed. Emelin has a very similar upside to Hamrlik IMO. Hamrlik entered the league as an offensive d-man and over time learned to pick his spots better. He became a good two-way, shot blocking, physical presence with a good stick. Emelin is an excellent skater with good size and passing ability. His only real problem is his inability to "pick his spots" better. That means, analyzing the play a little better and stop aggressively stepping up to make the big hit. He could easily be a top four defenseman in the NHL and I think most NHL teams would agree.
In regards to Diaz, he has two things holding him back from being a top four defender. The first is his lack of size and overall bulk. The second is his lack of an NHL caliber slap shot and one timer. He has a sneaky wrist shot/snap shot, but he cant hammer it from the one timer like Streit, MAB or Souray could. He does have better playmaking abilities than MAB or Souray though. Positionally he is very good and he has an active stick, but in front of the net and in the corners he has problems. Does St. Denis really have an advantage in this regard? Maybe slightly as I would say he is more poised in the defensive zone at times. Still think Diaz makes it over St. Denis and Weber will be traded.
Diaz doesn't have a Souray/Weber/Chara calibre slapshot but to say that it isn't NHL calibre..........really?
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