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06-21-2013, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Protest View Post
To me those are the most important factors in players developing. You have to have some combination of very good IQ, skating, or puck control skills. However, for a dman the absolute most important thing is their hockey sense. That is why they don't hit their prime until later. Playing D is much more about understanding the game than your athletic ability, as opposed to playing forward, which is why they peak earlier than dmen.

That's why I like the idea of Ristolainen and Morissey. Hockey IQ seem to be one of their stronger qualities, and they both are supposed to be above average skaters that handle the puck well.

Guys that are described as having great speed great hands, but lacking the hockey IQ are usually the ones that don't pan out, unless their talent is just overwhelming.
Well then you'll be happy to know that we've only ever drafted two Europeans in the 1st round; well Europeans actually playing in Europe at the time.

They were Peter Forsberg and Joni Pitkanen. Every other player we've ever selected in the 1st round was already playing in North America somewhere when we picked them.

On a side note: This dude got picked in the 1st round before Clarke in the 1969 Draft.

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