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02-09-2013, 09:39 AM
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Fulcrum
 
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Originally Posted by hero View Post
But to be fair, I will agree with you on the D part.

Markov - Tyutin
Gonchar - Volchenkov
Kulikov - Nikitin
Ye - don't forget Zubov and Yushkevich..


But seriously, Nikulin and Medvedev are almost locks. Excellent big ice defenders. Belov too.

this is how I see it:

Medvedev-Nikulin
Biryukov-Belov
Kulikov-Voynov

MAYBE:
Orlov - if Caps give him playing time after injury, he has some awesome offensive and PP potential, he has a lot to prove too
Emelin (he looked good last WC, but I agree that he is a better on big ice)
Tyutin (There are simply better defenders/puck movers than him)
Markov (has a lot to prove, A LOT)
Gonchar (old and slow, on big ice? mmm I dont think so)
Volchenkov (His grit is gone, I don't like what he brings to the team especially when it comes to puck movement, I don't think Bilyaletdinov does either)
Nikitin (same as Tyutin)

Time will tell.

For those who are basing their opinion about Russian defense on Gonchars and Markovs - your information is very outdated.


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