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times are changing..will your bender be prepared to compete against a new generation of mobile thinking defensemen. I am so glad that my dad watched Bobby Orr and lucky to have grown up watching Raymond Bourque, but even more excited that my son has Charlie to watch. Thanks for the post. I have our d-core and goalie heading north to watch UVM, Harvard, UMass Lowell and ST. Lawrence at Catamount cup in Burlington. Going to make a detour on the way to show boys KUA campus and tell them about their top 4 Dmen.. Harris, Dolan, Felton and Newhook
J.C. has always had a little chubby for the 'skate all over the ice, 4th forward, irresponsible in your own end defensemen' as I truly believe he has no idea how a real defensemen is suppose to play.
A few years back I came out to watch a d-man play and the kid was a stay-at-home defender, big, great skater, never got beat - really a stand-out... and I asked J.C. if he had seen the kid before. He watched the kid for a couple shifts and noted "he's a pretty good transitional skater" and that was it. Then he compiles notes after notes on a couple kids who were actually (by most coaches estimations) misplayed forwards who were attempting to play defense. Bad pivots, losing site of pucks, rushing the puck, getting caught deep in their own zone, blowing any kind of coverage in front of the net...and he LOVED it.
So take his write-ups with a grain of salt.
You are 100% on all accounts. The only exception might be - " ...the top NE Prep prospect going into the 2018 draft may do well in D1" might not be accurate. Even at the D-1 level you see these guys exposed and they remain such a liability defensively you wonder if it's worth it. Look at the undersized kid from the south shore playing D at BC. He basically is Tory Krug at the college level. Roll him out for the P.P. and then put him on the shelf. Terrible, terrible defender - always has been. I talked to a USHL coach about him a few years ago and my comment was 'when will a coach have the guts to move this kid up front?' Heck, he's a good enough skater he might even slot in as a second or third centerman and the coach just rolled his eyes.
1000% right on Krug. He often looks like a bantam player out there throwing the puck, beatdown in the corners and in front of the net, turnover machine, no reach at the blue line. I have to laugh when the announcers say "A BLAST FROM KRUG FROM THE POINT!" What? A 85mph muffin from the point would make a high school kid blush. To me Grzelcyk has passed him by a mile already. Wait a month or so and Krug should be moved before he ends-up riding the bench which would hurt his trade value....oh hold on, it's the Bruins front office - that's exactly what they will do. Sit him for 4-6 weeks and then try to get a third rounder for him and pick-up part of his contract to boot.
By 'you've been there' do you mean swilling bud light in the lockerrooms in Marlboro?