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01-18-2013, 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Atomos2 View Post
I think that has more to do with goaltending and a poor defensive structure. Phaneuf is really good at matching up against high calibre players. He has the ability to get under their skin which was shown last year when he frustrated Stamkos so much Stamkos actually started a fight with him. He's also done it with Malkin and Ovechkin.

Plus his offensive numbers are good for a number one Dman. There's a lot of factors that describes a player and characterizing a player completely based on the team he plays for can't be seen as an accurate description.
He's not a particularly good skater and has the hockey IQ of a rock. His "bugging individual players" consists of going for big open ice hits that leave him out of position with no chance of recovery and harassing people after the whistle. Good TV, not so good hockey.

If he's your #1D, you're not sniffing a cup.

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