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11-26-2012, 08:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Tiranis View Post
Maybe it's because most Top 4 defensemen don't have the elite skating or great hockey vision that Tanev has so they need something else? Those two qualities are much harder to acquire than a shot or strength.
NHL strength for a D man is huge. The D men who dont, typically are players who had the ability to put up numbers, junior, ahl and typically the nhl too.

Same way undersized forwards need to put up big numbers to stay

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