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NHL Countdown: Top 10 Defensemen

You can have the NHL’s highest-scoring offense. You can have a goalie who can stand on his head. You can have the coach of the century, constantly coming up with innovative ways to win. 1,447 more words


Practical Concerns: A better way to evaluate defensemen

I was watching hockey a few nights when I heard NBC’s Pierre McGuire describe a rookie defenseman in glowing terms. It was the same kind of praise he used to shower upon Dion Phaneuf about 10 years ago, and this young player had very similar attributes to an early-20s Phaneuf: a huge frame, a huge slapshot, and a willingness to use both in equal measures. 497 more words

Practical Concerns

Chiarelli Snowed Under

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The 2012 NHL draft was absolutely loaded with blue chip defensive prospects.

For much of that year leading up to the draft, there was a lot of chatter that Ryan Murray might be taken 1st overall but as often happens, Murray fell while the Oilers blew a foot off and selected yet another scoring winger who can’t play a 2 way game. 974 more words

I want to stop thinking about parallel universes

So this is some prime summer hockey writing bullshit, but hear me out.

My girlfriend and I were walking back from Dairy Queen, and she was about to go back to her place, and I was about to go home. 774 more words


Top Pairing Defensemen

Where do top pairing defensemen come from?

I was “in conversation” with some Oiler fans last night…pretty much all of whom are counting on Oscar Klefbom and Darnell Nurse to soon be a cheap source of high level defensive acumen while the team spends all its resources on the top 6 forwards it has received via the draft. 577 more words

Dum Luck

The Edmonton Oilers are likely a much better hockey team today than they were yesterday but they are also a team that is being rewarded, handsomely, for a decade of incompetence. 448 more words