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01-06-2013, 12:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Paul4587 View Post
People seem to fail to take this into consideration and label Getzlaf as being average at best defensively. From 08-09 to 10-11 Getzlaf's line would go head to head against the opposing teams top forwards and Getzlaf's line would normally come out better off. While he wasn't being used in a strict shutdown sense, Getzlaf has always very capable defensively. He's no Selke candidate, but he's certainly above average.

Assuming Getzlaf bounces back from his bad year, when you factor in physical play and offensive ability he should take this poll easily.
Agreed what a lot of people on here also tend to forget is that offense and defense are not equal when it comes to forwards. A guy with elite offensive skills and no defensive skills is a highly valued forward while a guy with elite defensive skills and no offensive skills is a good fourth liner.

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