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Shayne Gostisbehere: The Leading Dutchmen
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03-28-2013, 04:39 PM
Join Date: Mar 2013
Hey this is one of my first times posting, but I've been a reader for a few months now. I just graduated from Union last year and I've seen more than a fair share of Union games and Ghost playing.
I first wanna say that historyically speaking the ECAC has been a step down from Hockey Easy and some other conferences, however in the past 5 years the level of competition in the ECAC has greatly increased. Just look at the number of teams in the NCAA tourney this year compared to 5 years ago. I believe there are 3 teams (Union, Q-Pac, Yale) in the tournament this year while I think Hockey East only has 2 (BC, UMass Lowell). So I really don't think that ECAC is a far below the other conferences as it used to be, and to say it is a step down is no longer accurate.
I think Ghost could be a really good #3 or 4 defenseman one day. I think that his size is the main factor limiting him to that role. The Union system really promotes the defensemen jumping into the play in the O-zone and it does a great job of having the forwards cover when they do, which is why they're successful. This also tends to make the defense look very good, because they can have higher point totals (compared to a different styled system). Like you all said, Ghost has a great shot and can handle the puck pretty well; and as I said his size limits him. If he was 6'4" and retained his skills he has now (skating, shooting, etc.) he probably could have played major junior and gone earlier in the draft.
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