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01-22-2013, 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by IkeaMonkey View Post
How does a player like Volchenkov "not fit"? The guy hits and blocks shots. That's what defensemen do. Well, most defensemen do.
Volchenkov would have been an ideal fit for a Hunter coached team. He's great if you're collapsing to the net and playing a stifling, shot blocking, keep the puck out of the danger zones-type defense. But in the more up-tempo, aggressive, transition-and-forechecking type of game that Oates seems to want to run, Volchenkov's lack of mobility becomes a liability. The dude looks like a pylon in these types of systems, and is awful in transition.

Would rather target Tallinder than Volchenkov.

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