We hear about physical defensive defensemen and smooth-skating offensive defensemen all the time, but it seems that the physical offensive defensemen is a bit rare.
Now, I'm a Kings fan, so naturally I dislike Blake, but I can still acknowledge that he was good. He wasn't Scott Stevens, but he was a fearsome hitter, he wasn't Ray Bourque, but he was an accomplished scoring defenseman, and he wasn't focused on for his defense.
I'm trying to think of defensemen that currently fit this mold.
This definitely a good list, although none are as good as Blake was in both hitting and scoring. They are all good physical offensive defenesmen though.
Phaneuf - was there early, but fell off a bit. He was the new Blake when he came into the league.
Bieksa - Isn't as big of a hitter and injuries have hampered him
Subban - Much like Doughty described above
Jovocop - Fits the mold well, one of the best, but not quite Blake level on either
Giordano - I wasn't really sold on him until dominated Brown physically in that one game. He's not offensive enough though
Souray - A great one a few years ago, although we all know what has happened now
McCabe - Another great example. Definitely in that mold
Weber - Definitely up there, especially with scoring. Isn't the biggest hitter, but always physical
Johnson - Was in college and maybe his first couple years, but the hitting is almost non-existent anymore. He's hoping he gets back to it as he progresses.
Great list, thanks.
Last edited by FootKnight: 09-02-2011 at 07:15 PM.
I never knew Doughty was that physical. Thanks for the insight.
It's a very underrated part of his game.
Originally Posted by CountDownToImpact
Bieksa and J.Johnson are not offensive defenseman.
Johnson is most definitely an offensive defenseman. He's not very physical as far as big hits go. He's more of a pin and seal type of player. He has a lot of work to do on his defensive game overall, though.