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05-22-2013, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Joe Cole View Post
One big problem on this team for the past few years has been the D. I was amazed this year when many experts were saying that the Habs had a great D corps. The re-addition of a recovered Markov did not make this group dominant.

A good D group needs a few elements.
#1. Minute eater, solid D, carries the puck, effective offensively. PP trigger man.
#2. Physical, strong on D. Knows when to step up, or pass.
#3. Puck mover. Second PP trigger.
#4. Size, mobility, mean streak, shot blocker.
#5. All around D. Shot blocker.
#6. Size, and dependable on D

Now, affix a dollar amount to each role, and then see if your personnel fits. If not, built towards that.

I think Subban, and Tinordi are the building blocks. Maybe Beaulieu too. Everyone else is just a band aid until you reach your goal.
While it's good to have a plan/blueprint. You can't have a plan that is that rigid simply because the personnel to fill those holes may or may not be available, or may come at a huge cost.

Teams have a different mix and still win the cup...Boston had a blueline that was big on size and weak in puck movers, LA and Chicago had highly skilled bluelines built around smaller, more skilled puck movers.

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