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01-04-2004, 01:44 PM
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Originally Posted by triggrman
I'm curious, what part of the game do you think Orpik is better than Hamhuis?
Dont answer for me Smokey.

I think Hammy is a better offensive defenseman by a good margin. But I think Orpik has better defensive instincts and is more physical. He is going to be a premier defensive stopper in this league and is already a pretty good one on a very bad defensive team.
Ive seen Hammy play about 15-20 times and Orpik double that. I wish that both were on the Pens but like I said if I had to make my choice between one or the other Id have to go with Orpik.ey are very close in terms of both talent and potential though I favor Orpik a bit. Just a personal preference.
As for the skating question, I think Hammy is better but just slightly.

That said Id rather have Noah Welch in the system than either of the two personally. Even more than Ryan Whitney.

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