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02-17-2013, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by AmazingNuck View Post
Being good at penalty killing and being good at defense in a 5 on 5 situation is different. PK is favourable to slower players with good positioning (ie. the Sedins, defensemen like Gill and Murray) because foot speed isn't a necessity, like it is in 5 on 5 situations. The Sedins aren't good defensively (in a 5 on 5 situation) and they never will be that good because they don't have the speed to cover the ice well enough.
Originally Posted by AmazingNuck View Post
Not to change the topic but the best they'll ever be is competent. Too slow- tall, but not big enough. I mean, think about all of the good defensive players that you know.. if they aren't big, then they're at least fast. And if they aren't fast, they're at least big.

Of course, being big and fast doesn't make you a good defensive play automatically, you have to have the IQ too, which explains Booth.
Did you even watch the Sedins early in their career?

Before they became offensive players and were slower than molasses, they were both excellent defensively 5 on 5. The puck barely ever stayed in their own end. The reason that team was able to compete with only one scoring line is because the Sedins matched the 3rd line defensively and acted like an additional 3rd line.

When they first became PPG guys, they were among our best PKers. When they became 100 point guys with Burrows, they suddenly became bad defensively.

It's flat out wrong to say that they just don't have the toolbox to be any more than adequate defensively. Sedin - Sedin - Klatt were always an excellent defensive line 5-on-5. Hell, their ability to keep the puck out of their end and stuck in the offensive end without ever getting anything done was their specialty early in their careers.

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