Oilers defense for 2013/14
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07-09-2013, 04:22 PM
Join Date: Oct 2005
Originally Posted by
The Last Dynasty
the problem is that we have a lot of #3 #4 and #5s on this team
Smid #3 at best...#4 on a good team
Petry #4 at the moment...potential #3
J.Schultz is still a bottom pairing guy until he can handle the defensive side of the game
Ference...solid #4, probably closer to #3 on this defense
N.Schultz...bottom pairing guy and regressing
Klefbom, young 20 year old rookie that will get exposed
Larsen...soft bottom-pairing guy that puts up a little offence
can't win if you don't a horse on the back-end that can play 25 minutes a game
undervaluing everyone here..
Smid a #4 ? What more does he need to do to be considered a top pairing defensive Dman? Between Smid and Ference we have the LD spots on '2a' and '2b' pairings covered.. Belov, Klefbom and Nick can fight for the last LD spot on the bottom pairing. If Klefbom proves he is NHL ready, playing on the third pairing would not burn him out.
I think Petry is a good #4 and so would be J.Schultz. Neither of them should be on the bottom pairing in NHL. Klebom-N.Schultz pairing could be good as 3rd pairing.
Ideally we get a #1 RD bumping down Justin and Petry a notch. Hoping one of these 2 take a step up and take over that role.
Other than that our D is set.
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