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04-02-2013, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by MadArcand View Post
Would you play Phil Housley on second pairing at even strength?
I would under the right circumstances. Housley is probably right on the edge between a #3 and #4, so I see no reason to not use an excellent #4 defenseman on the 2nd pairing.

There are a lot of guys who struggle defensively, but bring enough other aspects to the table to be effective players. Gonchar and Housley are among them, and the list is quite large. Off the top of my head, Dan Boyle, Gary Suter, Joe Simpson, Reed Larson, Flash Hollett, Lloyd Cook, Brian Rafalski, Harry Cameron are all being used as 2nd pairing defensemen in this draft. They are all guys who are somewhere within the spectrum of needing a reliable partner.

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