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01-16-2004, 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted by SmokeyClause
I wouldn't call Eaton offensive-minded. He was at one point. But more and more I see him as our defensive defenseman. He has done his best at filling Skrastins void. He has the offensive talent, but with Timonen on his line, he's our defensive guy. Like anyone who doesn't play good defense, Hutchinson's time up here will be short until he becomes solid in his own zone.
I think if you look at Eaton before this season, Hutchinson is a clone. I also think Eaton still has good offensive instinct but holds back to cover defense, of course I'm biased to the American players.

Hutch had a good game last night as far as offense goes but he failed to clear a puck that almost cost us a goal, thankful Phoenix shot it clean over the goal. He'll be ok though, he has good positioning and moves the puck well, a little undersized but solid, a David Poile type defenseman.

Mark Eaton Sees the ice well. Makes sharp passes out of the defensive zone. Is poised and a good skater.

Andy Hutchinson - Has exciting offensive potential and intriguing size. Plays a cerebral game from the back end.

Dan Hamhuis - Moves the puck well out of the defensive zone. Has loads of offensive potential. Is also capable of playing a sound defensive game.

Jason York - Possesses a high skill level, good skating ability and an extremely accurate shot from the point. Reads the ice well and has a very sound work ethic.

Kimmo Timonen - Has the ability to quarterback the power play. Is extremely quick and loves to rush with the puck. Shoots the puck with accuracy. Holds his own in the defensive zone.

Marek Zidlicky - Moves the puck well out of danger. Has a wealth of top-level experience and plenty of experience working the power play.

Ryan Suter, Kevin Klein and now Shea Weber - all have the same scouting reports (some are just a little better than others of course), mobile two-way defensemen that move the puck well, but aren't overly physical (except Weber)

Bottom line is we're set on defense.

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