How would you rank our defensemen?
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04-16-2013, 11:52 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
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1 - Phaneuf
2 - Gardiner (when on his game, has shown flashes this year, but the lockout and injuries slowed his progress a bit. He'll get there though, he's only 22)
3 - Gunnarson - perfect number 3 guy who can play number 2 in a pinch. Steady, good puck mover, reliable. Good at everything, great at nothing. Still, fantastic pick for the 7th round.
4 - Franson - last season, he was a 5/6 defenseman, he has improved in every aspect and I am now completely comfortable with him in the top 4. Good puck mover who is learning to use his body more thanks to playing with Fraser.
5 - Fraser - A gem of a find for a career AHLer. Solid, stay at home presence. Might be able to play in the top 4 like Franson, and does on occasion, but for now is a solid #5
6 - Liles - offensive defenseman who moves the puck very well. Little physicality due to size and sometimes gets caught out of position. Will likely be traded as soon as Reilly is ready.
7 - O'byrne, Holzer, Kostka - depth defensemen who can play in the #6 spot, just not everyday, with Holzer the only one signed beyond this season.
The top 3 make sense and then there's Franson who is a 5/6 d-man this year, last year he rode the pine alot and he's acceptable as someone who defends against 3rd liners, nothing more in my opinion.
Fraser is useful because of his physicality but has zero upside.
Liles is so inconsistent, he was playing poorly so RC benched him for 12 games and when RC let him play he played inspired but he's sliding again. TO needs 30ish year old d-men to be more consistent than Liles is prepared to deliver, expendable.
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