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12-05-2012, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Halpysback View Post
He's a top line C, those generally aren't put in a shutdown role as they're expected to carry the mail offensively. Pretty much the only super-defensive top line Cs out there are Toews and Kopitar (you can say Richards but at this point he's a 2C), and Backstrom isn't far behind either.

You could plug Backstrom into a 2nd line shutdown role and tell him to shut players down as a top priority he'd be right up there with Bergeron in everything except faceoffs.
Lets not get crazy here, Bergy is an elite defensive center, Backstrom is good defensively, not Bergeron good though.

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