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05-21-2009, 03:48 PM
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Who are the top Rush/Puck moving D men available in the 09 Draft?

I don't know much about the the available prospects outside the highly discussed Top 10....
so i figure i would ask those in the know....

With so much emphasis put on acquiring a puck moving Dman by some teams to help with transition offense, who are the top available D men available capable of rushing the puck effectively....

who are the Dmen available molded (offensively) like:
Boyle, Campbell, Neidermeyer, Rafalski, Lidstrom, Green, Keith
-obviously not necessarily going to be the next "---", but plays like or tries to play like "---"... i know i mentioned some elite level talant that you can't expect any prospect to live up to... but you get my point right.

Basically ignoring the defensive end... these Dmen can skate, headman the puck, and pass extremely effectively adding a dynamic to their team's offense that is extremely dangerous....

So i ask those that know... who are the top 5 or 6 (or more if you got em) rush/puck moving Dmen available in this 09 draft?

Thanks in advance.

(I know a rush Dman and a puck moving Dman are different attributes, but i was hoping to get an idea who has both qualities)

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I don't know much about the the available prospects outside the highly discussed Top 10....
so i figure i would ask those in the know....

With so much emphasis put on acquiring a puck moving Dman by some teams to help with transition offense, who are the top available D men available capable of rushing the puck effectively....

who are the Dmen available molded (offensively) like:
Boyle, Campbell, Neidermeyer, Rafalski, Lidstrom, Green, Keith
-obviously not necessarily going to be the next "---", but plays like or tries to play like "---"... i know i mentioned some elite level talant that you can't expect any prospect to live up to... but you get my point right.

Basically ignoring the defensive end... these Dmen can skate, headman the puck, and pass extremely effectively adding a dynamic to their team's offense that is extremely dangerous....

So i ask those that know... who are the top 5 or 6 (or more if you got em) rush/puck moving Dmen available in this 09 draft?

Thanks in advance.

(I know a rush Dman and a puck moving Dman are different attributes, but i was hoping to get an idea who has both qualities)
Kulikov is probably the best PMD I guess... His play is a bit like Markov's, but his skating isn't as good and his defensive play isn't either. I don't know about the rest though. I look at goalies .

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Hedman, obviously.
Kulikov
Ellis
Moore
Ekman-Larsson

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Sometimes I think Tyson Barrie looks really good, other times he looks pretty terrible though.

If he can stay consistent I think he'll be really good.

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Tyson Barrie and Stefan Elliott both of the WHL are very strong puck movers. Both are one-way guys, though...neither are great in their own end. Both small, too.

For my money, if I wanted a puck mover (and I wasn't drafting in the top 2), I would go after Ryan Ellis.

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David Rundblad and Calvin DeHaan.

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Tyson Barrie and Stefan Elliott both of the WHL are very strong puck movers. Both are one-way guys, though...neither are great in their own end. Both small, too.

For my money, if I wanted a puck mover (and I wasn't drafting in the top 2), I would go after Ryan Ellis.
does his size concern you at the NHL Level? Or are his offensive abilities that good?

I always think of Patrick Coulombe when i see Ellis.... obviously there's no actual comparison outside of size.....

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David Rundblad and Calvin DeHaan.
My thoughts exactly.

Rundblad is often compared to Mike Green. He has to focus more on his play in his own zone, but his offensive abilities are his trademark and he definately has a knack for not only joining the rush but leading it, as well as being the late guy coming in to finish off plays.

De Haan, is more of a patient guy, who sees the ice extremely well. He is able to dissect situations on the ice which allow him to a) make an extremely good breakout pass b) circle back and patiently wait for a safe play, or c) use his excellent skating ability to rush the puck himself. His decision making to me is his trademark, and thats is what will allow him to excel at the next level.

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does his size concern you at the NHL Level? Or are his offensive abilities that good?

I always think of Patrick Coulombe when i see Ellis.... obviously there's no actual comparison outside of size.....
Ellis is already bigger than Coulombe is now, let alone when Coulombe was in junior. He's also shown miles more offensively.

There's no reason he won't be Lubomir Visnovsky/Brian Campbell sized by the time he's established himself in the NHL.

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Despres is pretty good at moving the puck

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Hedman, obviously.
Kulikov
Ellis
Moore
Ekman-Larsson
Those are all great choices. This should be a very good draft!

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you know after seeing despres and Kulikov play i like Kulikov i just have to say Despres impresses me alot more. I mean your best are probably Hedman, Larsson, Runblade, Ellis, I think Stefan Elliot is up there as well but his defensive coverage is bad, Kulikov and i think despres is the dark horse here with more skill than Kulikov.

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I am rather fond of Ryan Ellis. Pretty sure he will excel in the NHL. He's a good puck moving defenceman too.

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John Moore is a great skater and puck rusher. That's his claim to fame.

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There is a glut of these guys in this draft. '09 is the year of the puck moving dman/PP QB.

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