Thread: Value of: Carl Gunnarsson for a forward
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12-22-2012, 07:40 AM
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Originally Posted by kthsn View Post
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.
Yes, for offensive defencemen, on the powerplay, there's an inherent advantage to playing the offside. But those opportunities don't come nearly often enough at 5on5 to make a difference as to which side is played.

It's also not a matter of "displacing" a defenceman. It would be a 5-man rotation when everyone is healthy.

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