Thread: Nathan Beaulieu
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04-12-2013, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by habfaninvictoria View Post
It's not about defensive liability as much as type of player. You can't have a lineup full of guys whose natural tendency is offence. Gorges, Cube, and Whiskey are all stay at home type d. Emelin brought a physical part to his game that Diaz or NB don't have. Whiskey is the closest to be able to partially replace that. The front of the net is a war zone in the playoffs and we need guys that can clear people out. Right now that's not NB or Diaz.
Yes you can, Subban is one of the best in his own zone on this team, Diaz is amazing in his positioning and stick use and also a very good pker. Beaulieu isn't there yet, obviously but when all of your so called "offensive" d-men are good in their own zone you can have 4 of them. Drewiske isn't physical and is not going to replace Emelin's physical play, no one is. And the natural offensive tendency is just plain wrong, they're defenders first and foremost the only difference is that when they have the puck on their stick they can do something with it.

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