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01-23-2013, 01:17 PM
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My only issue when people refer to guys a PMD it makes then sound so one demensional. But i think the chemistry to players have is a better way to judge pairings or lines, like you say.
Yes, at some point you need to defend, if all you can do is move the puck, you're beat. Same with a shutdown d, if you can't make a good pass, you're done. Therefore chemistry is the way to judge a defenseman.
a well rounded defenseman is one that knows his position, has the ability to recover his position if needed, and can retrieve the puck from his opponents and make a smart move to head up ice. This requires speed, smarts and puck skills. Your average NHL defenseman has two of these attributes as strengths.
The special players have all three.
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