Duper Finishes Seventh In Selke Voting
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06-16-2013, 11:55 AM
Join Date: Aug 2003
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Crosby is an elite 2-way player and I can't possibly see how an elite 2-way player receiving
5 Total Votes, none first place
could be seen as unreasonable or undeserving.
His defensive game is not close to being elite IMO. The Selke (unless something has changed) is given to the best defensive forward in hockey. Crosby is not close to being elite in that respect (like Datsyuk or even Dupuis). He from time to time displays an excellent defensive game, but far from all the time. You need to take the golden boy glasses off on that one.
Now, maybe this summer Sid dedicates himself to defensive improvement and next year he runs away with the Selke (totally possible). For now and to this point, he hasn't been an elite forward on the defensive side of the ice. And frankly, we should not need him to be elite if the coaches are doing their jobs right and giving people the right assignments, etc. He merely needs to be consistently responsible and lead by example. If things were set up right it wouldn't matter that he's not defensively elite.
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