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12-05-2012, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Halpysback View Post
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.
You could use the exact same reasoning to say Bergeron is just about as good offensively as Backstrom then?

There is no denying that Backstom is better offensively and no denying even though you are giving it a good try, that Bergeron is better than Backstrom defensively.

You can make arguments to the contrary, but then a lot of us just see a biased argument going on.

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