Thread: Proposal: Marc Staal
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04-29-2013, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by broadwayblue View Post
By that definition there are only a handful of #1 defensemen. Certainly nowhere close to 30. You don't have to be an elite offensive force to be considered a #1 dman. Marc Staal would be the best dman on at least half the teams in the league.
Which is why it's the correct definition. True "#1 defensemen" are few and far between. #1 guys are "do it all" players. They play the hardest minutes and are a major factor in the offensive zone as well. Staal is a top-pairing defender without question, but he is not a true #1 at this point.

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