MacT vs Tambellini
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09-04-2013, 03:29 PM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Northern Alberta
Gordon - elite defensively
Joensuu - solid defensively... better than most give him credit for
Jones - decent defensively... not a defensive liability
Hemsky - average defensively... not a liability
Brown - decent defensively... for a guy who's a #13 forward he's perfectly adequate defensively
Smyth - decent defensively but obviously has slowed down a lot
Lander - still unproven defensively imo. Obviously he's young and still developing so this is a year that he'll hopefully show he can be a solid #4C given some linemates who hopefully can at least be average in their own end.
Omark - awful defensively and hopefully he's improved in that area
Overall the defensive abilities of most of the bottom line forwards is adequate. I actually worry more about scoring in the bottom 6 than anything else. More grit and physicality as well would obviously help take the pressure off the top 2 lines but if most of those players above play up to their abilities (a big IF) then I think the bottom 6 won't bleed as many goals against as some think.
Darkhorses like Eager or Ryan Hamilton could potentially surprise us with strong camps and really create some good competition on the roster.
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