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04-29-2013, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by geehaad View Post
Those guys played the offensive end of the spectrum as well as the current group plays the defensive end. Addressing the middle-ground seems to be (one of) JR's general failing(s).
Perhaps in the sense of point production, you may have a point there. But in regards to doing their job I feel like all of those players listed were capable of making a first pass out of the zone that started the offense going. They weren't traditional point producers, but they could move the puck. I think offense from the defense is one of the more overrated institutions in hockey. Really, all you need are defenders that are competent enough with the puck to hold the zone and allow your forwards to play confidently when the puck is on your tape and you're fine. They don't have to be Erik Karlsson, they just have to be confident.

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