Lupul OR Phaneuf for Stastny
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01-14-2013, 09:31 AM
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As a Leaf fan, I can support that statement.
Intelligence and a high Hockey IQ (IMO) are absolutely necessary to being a true elite #1 D. There are a few "elite" D who aren't the best skaters, aren't the best shooters, etc. But they all have great hockey IQ, great positioning, etc.
That's pretty much the difference between Weber and Phaneuf. Both are physical, both have good shots, but Weber has intelligence and is able to read plays MUCH better.
In saying that, Phaneuf is still a valuable piece and can play on a top pair. But he's also not a franchise guy. Too many flaws to his game.
Couldnt agree more. The IQ may come with time as Phanuef is still relativley young in the grand scheme of things. But having Dion as our #1 and captain doesnt make sense to me. His judgment is questionable most of the time on the ice. I would not be against trading him if it brings in a bonified #1 C.
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