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12-05-2012, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by
Tim Vezina Thomas
Lets not get crazy here, Bergy is an elite defensive center, Backstrom is good defensively, not Bergeron good though.
Bergeron is better, but, again Backstrom's role is to cheat on defense in favor of offense since he has high end offensive skills. Bergeron's is the other way around.
Faceoffs is one area where Bergeron dominates him, no argument there, but if you look at Backstrom's ability to shadow players, prevent surefire goals with timely checks/sticklifts/etc, steal the puck, PK, make high IQ defensive plays, there's not that much difference. There's a reason pretty much all prototypical Selke players aside from Datsyuk (Kesler, JStaal, Bergeron, Richards, Backes) are high end 2nd line centers.
As far as top line C's go I'd say Backstrom is around 5th best defensively, behind Datsyuk, Toews, Zetterberg (if he still counts as a C), Kopitar. Could be behind Crosby as well though Crosby doesn't play that much defense as he doesn't have to.
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