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03-12-2013, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by PerryTurnbullfan View Post
Beau Bennett and Simon Despres have played well and could well develop into top 6-9/top 4 players. Pittsburgh is a little closer than we are. Depending on which other AHL seasoned d-man we could get, then we would still have a good shot at making a run. I don't think we are quite there yet. A move like this could put us over the top. Kind of like the Shatty/Stewart deal a few years ago. It would be a tough decision. Just been knocking it around as a possibility.
Everybody wants big numbers for Defensemen but the basics like burst skating, knowing when to hold the puck and good movement should be just as important as what they are putting up in numbers. It seems that Defense is putting so much priority in offensive puck movement that once turnovers are created it leaves these ugly odd-men rushes. Two things where St. Louis is suffering is physical play in front of the net and more back end protection from the opposition's chip-and-chase play. There really is no defensive strategy to defeat chip-and-chase teams other than just wearing them down and having adequate coverage.

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