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08-26-2010, 03:21 PM
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Byfuglien could play defense next year

http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-thrashe...thrashers_blog

Dont know if this is old or not but i just thought id post it.


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08-26-2010, 03:25 PM
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He started on "d", so this isn't really news.

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He played really good on forward the playoffs so ya it kinda is.


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He started on "d", so this isn't really news.
It's pretty well-accepted that he makes a way better forward than defenseman, so it's pretty big news.

At first, I really envied ATL for snagging him from us. Not anymore.

If they're going to play him on D, they'll be wasting his talents.

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With our glut of D-men i really really doubt he ends up playing back there.

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I think he's better at forward... Significantly..

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He played forward for like the whole playoffs and played good so it kinda is
Um, no he didn't.

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Um, no he didn't.
There you go, fixed.

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If he's going to play D for the Atlanta Thrashers, then this probably belongs in another forum.

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Um, no he didn't.
Well if you want to nit pick he played D the first 3 games in the Nashville series but that was only due to Campbell being out injured. Anyway i don't see why you'd move him back to D, his lateral mobility and backwards skating are not good enough to be anything more than a bottom pairing d-man. The only plus to playing him on D is that it utilises his booming slap shot.

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Well if you want to nit pick he played D the first 3 games in the Nashville series but that was only due to Campbell being out injured. Anyway i don't see why you'd move him back to D, his lateral mobility and backwards skating are not good enough to be anything more than a bottom pairing d-man. The only plus to playing him on D is that it utilises his booming slap shot.
Alex Ovechkin called. He said he would be way too intimidated to even enter the thrashers zone if you put BUFF back there.

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Dudley said it will all be up to Ramsay as to how the players are used. Dudley also said the kids will play, that if a prospect was ready to come up that spots would be made for them if that meant trading players. Our D will be full assuming Kulda comes up which 99% of Atlanta fans believe he will. So our d looks like this

Enstrom - Bogosian
Hainsey - Oduya
Sopel - Kulda
Valabik

I don't think they put Byfuglien in on that that would mean that Kulda or Byfuglien are not playing or one of the other d-men have been traded with i don't see either incase Valabik and Kulda are ready to play on the bottom pair together then maybe sopel or Hainsey go.

If Byfuglien was put as a defensemen that leaves a whole in our forwards because I don't believe Burmistrov makes the team this year

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Would continue to stall his development. Let the kid play a position for a few years and see what he can do. Underwhelmed by his play at defense as a Blackhawk. Has the potential to be the games premier power forward if he cares.

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Byfuglien was converted to a forward both because of a Denis Savard whim and because he just wasn't cutting it on D (back in 07-08).

It is a huge waste to put him back there. He isn't bad, but he is so much more effective as a forward.

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He obviously belongs at defense. He's basically Dion Phaneuf with more upper body strength.

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Would continue to stall his development. Let the kid play a position for a few years and see what he can do. Underwhelmed by his play at defense as a Blackhawk. Has the potential to be the games premier power forward if he cares.
I disagree with every single part of this.

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08-26-2010, 05:16 PM
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huh, didn't know he actually considered himself a defenseman.

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huh, didn't know he actually considered himself a defenseman.
That's what happens when you watch NW games...you get too used to only looking at a couple forwards and whoever is in net

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Next thing you know Steve Staois will be playing forward!

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This is stupid if they do that. They paid a hefty price for Byfuglien, why give up that much and use him as a bottom-pairing D-man? Like others have said, it's a waste of his talents. Keep him in the top six, let him continue to develop his game as a PF.

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Everyone complains about him being an inconsistent forward...why not let him be a defenseman as he likes. Ramsay is a good defensive coach, and he's bound to play with a good D partner.

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Everyone complains about him being an inconsistent forward...why not let him be a defenseman as he likes. Ramsay is a good defensive coach, and he's bound to play with a good D partner.
He may be an inconsistent forward, but when he's at the top of his game he is a very effective player and puts up good numbers.

As a defenseman, he's nothing more than a bottom-pairing guy, especially cause of his skating. Not to mention Atlanta already has a lot of d-men and most of them are better options than Byfuglien.

Atlanta didn't pay such a high price to acquire 2 bottom-pairing defensemen, an enforcer and an average prospect. They're expecting Byfuglien to be a top six PF.

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Atlanta paid a high price?? The most valuable thing Atlanta gave up n that trade was Marty Reasoner.....

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Atlanta paid a high price?? The most valuable thing Atlanta gave up n that trade was Marty Reasoner.....
Morin, and a first...

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Morin, and a first...
Who did Chicago take with that first?

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