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04-26-2013, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Tawnos View Post
Staal, Girardi, McDonagh are all defensive defensemen who can move the puck when needed. They aren't stay-at-homes, but neither are they offensively minded. Stralman and Eminger have become the same way as well. There's not a lot of nastiness back there, but there is a lot of defensive ability and mental toughness. The Canes, on the other hand, have 4 or 5 of their top 6 as players who are more similar to Del Zotto, with Gleason and Harrison being otherwise. It's basically the inverse makeup of a D compared to the Rangers.
There aren't a lot of nasty dmen in the league period. The changes in the game have relegated them all to the trash pile and that's why those dmen who can play a vicious game and still keep up with the speed and rule changes are worth their weight in gold. This is why McIlrath was taken above other players.

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