“You’ve got to play a bunch of seasons before you really understand that it’s all about position and not running around and making bad reads,” he said. “For young guys to come in and be really effective defensemen, like [Drew Doughty and Aaron Ekblad], they’re pretty special players to be able to read the game the way they do at such a young age.”
Giordano was asked, if he were an NHL general manager with a late-round draft pick to use on a defenseman, what would he look for?
“The number one thing is hockey IQ,” he said. “Just look for a guy who reads the game well and sees the ice. At the end of the day, playing in your own zone is going to take a while. I think if you can look for guys who can move the puck and make plays, those are guys you can build around.”
Marchenko is up next year as well as XO. I kind of have a feeling that Kindls contract may put other teams off unless he
is packaged in with other assest's in a deal.
Lashoff is wnat he is a #7 D at a cheap cap hit. Alexy would be an upgrade in every aspect. S
Don't count on Marchenko earning a permanent spot next season. Assuming Kindl is moved and no long-term defensemen are acquired, Ouellet will be our #6 next season and Lashoff will stick as our #7. Marchenko can't be our #7, because we don't want him sitting in the press box. So he'll be first on the callup list. Or he'll be traded. (Do we really need another shutdown defenseman?)
If Kenny really is serious about adding a good long-term defenseman, I'm thinking two of the more semi-realistic non-Petry options are Ellis and Bogosian. That's my (admittedly non-insider) sense right now. I say Bogosian because the Jets may be looking to move one of their top-four defensemen for a top-nine forward. I'm not crazy about Bogosian, but he's big, young, mobile, right-handed, signed long-term, accustomed to playing big minutes, and he has the potential to be a two-way #2, and he's not meeting expectations (which is the whole reason why he might be traded in the first place). That sounds a lot like Tyler Myers, right?
Helm has been solid for us this season, but maybe he'd be ok with going home to Winnipeg? They need a 3C...we need an RHD...
If the second pair is just going to be a shutdown pair anyway, and provide relatively little offense, what do you guys think about moving dekeyser up with knonwall, and putting Ericsson with Quincey? I agree that Q and dekeyser have been good defensively, but if we can't figure out a transition game then I think we are going to continue to struggle.
My concern there is it takes away our steadiest pairing (which, granted, isn't saying much) and gives us two third pairings. Kronwall carries Ericsson, DeKeyser carries Quincey, so...our shutdown pair is the two guys who need to be carried by superior puck-movers? That sounds like a possession black hole. Lots of shot-blocking and hitting and shutting down and defending, sure, but only because they'd never have the puck.
But really, any way you arrange it, our D corps just isn't good enough. Replacing Kindl with Petry would be a start, I guess.
#10 Nail Yakupov, 8. Finished a hard check on Brent Seabrook as the Chicago defenceman cycled the puck to Duncan Keith; Keith gave the puck away and Pouliot cashed in for Edmonton’s first goal of the night…
tried to pass across to Roy but it was blocked and the puck almost bounced right into the Chicago net…
made a bad giveaway to create a shorthanded rush for Chicago but recovered [My note: didn't just recover. Skated as hard as he could on the backcheck] and broke up the play in the Oilers’ zone…
He hits, backchecks, and tends to pass when he should shoot. That's him in 2014-15. I'd actually say his play with the puck has been more concerning than his play without it.
He's a good kid who's learning to play the right way.
What's wrong with Yakupov: drafted by and plays for the Edmonton Oilers.
He had a shift last night - against the Blackhawks - where he hauled ass on the backcheck and got back just in time to break up a 'hawks scoring chance. He also had an assist and a beautiful goal-scorer's goal.
He's a great kid. His heart's in the right place. He could be a partyer and a womanizer and an egotistical punk, but that's not him. He's religious, hangs out with his mom.
He just needs a change of scenery, an organization that knows what it's doing, has its act together.