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
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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
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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
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