Thread: Value of: Carl Gunnarsson for a forward
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12-21-2012, 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted by seanlinden View Post
Sides are the most overhyped aspect of a defenceman on hfboards. When it comes to 5on5 and shorthanded play, it really doesn't matter. NHL defencemen for the most part are perfectly capable of playing both.

Gunnarsson is of course overplayed, but there's a reason for that. He's our only top 4 capable shutdown defenceman... and when a guy is overplayed, it's highly unlikely that he's going to be traded.

The only time handedness is a factor, is on the PP, when you really want at least one guy playing the off-side to set up a 1-timer.
Handedness is very important.

Offensive dmen may find it easier to transition to the off side (Phanuef) because it gives them a better angle for passes/shots but on a defensive level the way your stick faces provides a huge disadvantage when forwards are attacking.

For a team that pinches a lot like Vancouver a left handed dman has a very hard time holding pucks in on their off side. They basically have to accept passes on their backhand in the O zone. Most professional have been playing the same side for years, it's not an easy transition at all.

On a stacked team like Vancouver there is no need to displace a better player (Hamhuis, Edler) to accommodate Gunnarsson. He's not that good.

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