Boyle is a good comparison; Letang is much more physical, though, IMO, and Boyle is a bit more cerebral in his defensive game. One thing about Letang that stands out to me is that he plays a very "dynamic" defensive game, if you will. He's always moving his feet, very physical, very exciting. One of the most entertaining defenseman in hockey today.
Last edited by JeffMangum: 10-10-2011 at 12:56 AM.
Hf reaction: wtf this doesn't deserve a thread!?!?!
Letang plays 28 minutes including OT
Hf reaction: Zomg he is so good.
28 minutes including OT isn't anything special for a first pairing D.
Yeah well... Letang is better looking than Kessel. That's important criteria for giving kudos to a player
Glad to see this topic hasn't spiraled out of control with Penguins hate and some people can actually appreciate a good player that plays on a team that isn't their own. Tanger is having a good start but obviously the Norris talks are a bit premature. I'm just happy he continues to improve. His shot could use some work still but it'll get there eventually.
28 minutes is nothing special when OT is involved. In the Pens' first game, Letang himself posted 27 minutes - so did Martin. Bieksa logged 26. Fowler and Beauchimin had 28 too in the Ducks' latest game; Girardi had 31.
With all that said, Letang is an amazing skater, is responsible defensively, has good offensive awareness and silk hands to boot. Definitively a top-pairing D-man, I don't know about Norris yet but he could get a nomination as early as this season.