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05-11-2013, 12:25 AM
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Man a real sleeper as a top-pairing defenseman is Jonathan Ericsson on Detroit. I've watched between 20-30 DRW games this season and into the playoffs this year, and he's been a rock on the blue line all year long.

He's better in his own zone than Kronwall, and has done a lot to stabilize that pairing. His puck movement isn't necessarily high-level or at Kronwall's level, but he's more than capable at that facet of the game as well. He's just really good at handling forwards one-on-one, retrieving pucks in the D-zone off of dumps, playing the boards, clearing the front of the net, and skating with the puck out of the zone.

That size is also invaluable.

He's probably acquirable for a much cheaper price than some of the more expensive highly-heralded younger defensemen around the league. Holland probably recognizes his true value and doesn't give it up. But I for one would be stoked at acquiring him to play with Petry.

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