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05-04-2013, 06:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Hobnobs View Post
I think what he meant, atleast how I saw it was that speed isnt the only thing defensemen use to counter speedy players. Positioning is usually what makes or breaks defense.
Exactly. A huge speed imbalance can cause problems in one-on-one situations off the rush, but positioning is more important. Scott Stevens was better defensively than Scott Niedermayer against big players, against fast players, against everyone, despite not having Niedermayer's speed.

And with Bobby Hull being shadowed (by a guy who was incredibly fast), the point is that he'll never be one-on-one with a defenseman in open ice.

And again, NJ's defense is, at worst, average in footspeed for the ATD, with not a single starter lacking at least some kind of skating ability.

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