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02-07-2013, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by DuckJet View Post

Didn't know so many people were aware of this but he was VERY solid for Norfolk. As an 18 year old he was pretty much their best defenseman and there wasn't much debate. And I was skeptical of the pick. If Vatanen has been this serviceable in the NHL, that leads me to believe that when Lindholm is cleared to play again, he'll be a pretty solid defender right now. He would position himself so well that attacking forwards didn't know what to do. I remember one game versus the Whale, he made Kreider's life a living hell in that game and he wasn't even touching him. He would just take away all options from forwards. Not only that but after a while he started directing his forwards and telling them where to defend. Doubted the pick, but it was worth it based on what I've seen.
Thanks for this very useful reply, and others as well. Just goes to show what you can learn if you ask an honest open question.

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