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08-03-2013, 11:44 AM
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bunjay
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Originally Posted by The Naz View Post
Percy is more of an intelligent defensive player like Gunnarsson. I don't think you have to be like Foote, Stevens or Schenn to be categorized as a 'shut-down' type. As long as your game is tailored more to a defensive nature, then you can be used in a shut down role.

Granberg and Percy should add some better overall defensive stability to our line up, while being able to play top 4 minutes. Frasor plays that intelligent yet rugged shut down role, but is athletically limited to playing against lesser competition.

Having a line up with 3 or 4 defense first style players would ease the load on a player like Dion.
The Adam Foote style of defensive defenseman doesnt have the same value it held before all the rule changes. Interference calls for picks, no more waterskiing and one-arm holds, 2-line pass, even the goalie being restricted in where he can play the puck. All this means that mobility is far more important because players have so many more ways to get behind you. You don't need big lumbering defenseman who rarely cross centre-ice to be "defensive defensemen." You need guys that wont get beaten by speed on the rush who also possess the good board-work and intelligent stickwork.

Schenn would have been twice the defenseman before all that changed.

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