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03-21-2013, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by bleedblue1223 View Post
I'll just highlight that word. There is a vast difference between guys like Hossa, Oshie, Steen, Landeskog, Alfredsson, etc. and guys like Stewart, Kessel, etc.

Oshie, Steen, Hossa, and other top defensive wingers could float, but they don't and that is what makes good defensive teams great.
No, I don't think I made my point clear enough. The only reason Oshie is considered a good defensive player is because of hit back checking. He doesn't really do much in the defensive end because he is a winger. Winger's jobs are not to go below the hashmarks. They are to cover the point men and get the puck out when the puck comes to their side of the rink. If the puck is on the other side, they cover the high slot area. People here are overrating Oshie's defensive ability because Backes is the one actually doing all of the defensive work as a center. A center has so much more defensive responsibility than a winger.

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