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09-02-2013, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by gallagt01 View Post
An interesting read from That's Offside concerning the production of defensemen not translating to the NHL. He takes a few shots at Zadorov and calls into question his NHL future (not centric to Nikita - other players, too).
Actually it's about the opposite, without CHL production defenseman dont make a transition to the NHL. I generally have a problem when a person picks 1 aspect of a player and tries to make broad sweeping generalizations, it tends to be very narrow and can often confuse what the actuall causes are. Do players with low offensive production fail because they aren't good enough? Or because higher scorers get more ice time to develop at the AHL level. It's possible that teams try so hard to develop offensive talent in defensive defenders that they neglect the need to refine their defensive skills vs the much bigger, faster and more skilled opposition of the pro leagues. Alternatively do these low production defenders get their stock boosted because they play with better partners? Maybe there's a correlation between goaltenders and where a failed defensive draft pick missed. Or is there an issue with players with upside being pulled from their development before theyve polished themselves defensively. In a news article it's hard to cover a topic this broad. Which is why I'm glad Devine and co. can examine all the factors and can look at things other than point production.

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