I don't know if I would consider the last four particularly capable top 6 defensemen. I doubt this is anything but Gillis understanding that in a shortened season with a defense corp like the Canucks which is already very injury prone that the team might need quite a few defensemen.
"It shows their character and what they think of my character."
I find that comment funny.
Simple translation: It takes a real character to appreciate the character that a character like Vandermeer brings to this team. If you don't get it the first time, think about it for a while: It'll build character.
That said, it isn't impossible to switch sides. I'd like to see Edler or Garrison commit to it. Either is talented enough and both are good enough skaters to make the switch imo.
I believe Edler's been playing the right side so far in camp...so I guess we know who the coaches are expecting to commit to moving over. Let's hope it works out better than it did when we acquired Ballard and Hamhuis.
Speaking from my own experience playing defense, I find I'm a lot more comfortable and effective DEFENSIVELY on the left side being a left handed player. The main reason for this is the sweeping poke check from right to left that I'm used to executing at the right time. The goal is to angle the forward to the outside then sweep check them outwards as they feebly attempt to go outside or even worse (for them) when they cut in. It's a much stronger check that way than from the left to the right.
Offensively I prefer the right side for the simple fact that I prefer making the strong move outside. The right side caters to this better Imo. A better shot angle doesn't hurt either .
For this reason I believe that a defensive player like vandermeer is better off playing their natural side . This is not as important to the offensive defensemen.
Last edited by Sodapopinski: 01-14-2013 at 10:03 PM.
From what Dallas fans are saying Fistric had trouble cracking their line-up before Rome ever arrived.
I was keeping this thought firmly in mind when I strolled over to the trade board and saw Fistric went to the Oilers for only a 3rd rounder. Was trying not to remind myself of his Giants days...
Anyway, I like this signing a lot more than the Barker signing, like everyone who has ever watched hockey.
I was entertaining a slight fantasy that AV might actually let Connauton or Corrado do a little more than hold towels during practice or haunt the press box during what we all know will be a very brief appearance here before the season (such as it is) starts. Foolish of me, I know.
Oh well, at least Vandermeer can crack some skulls.