Ducks D Part Deux

Posted: 09/13/2010 by bc in Uncategorized
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Howard Berger has a review of the Leafs D that includes some blah blah blah on each player.  Feeling somewhat remiss here’s a capsule look at each of our Ducks D-men. Oh and no Bergerism’s such as erudite trade purchase found here…

Lubomir Visnovsky is among the most underrated players in the NHL. A perennial top ten scorer from the back line, Lubo’s transition from the back line sparks the offense. Not big enough to physically dominate today’s humongous forwards, Vis brings a good stick and a pesky wont quit attitude.

Toni Lydman is a slick, quick stay@homer reminiscent of the often under-appreciated Bret Hedican. He’s not a big banger and will ride guys off the puck, execute a  perfect poke check or use his wheels to scoop up loose pucks and turn it back the other way.

The not so quick or slick Andy Sutton is your basic meat and potatoes stay@homer with snarl. Andy is under rated in the hockey smarts department. He is really is effective in large part because he stays within his game and doesn’t try to do much out there. Not sure who will enjoy Sutton’s steady bash, smash crash and thrash style more, we fans or his teammates. Andy Sutton is a welcome and much-needed addition.

Sidenote: Our top 3 defenders score a tad high in the giveaway department. Too many of Ducks forwards did as well last season. A little more attention paid to the outlet guy and some support the puck positioning will help reduce the giveaways and ugly turnovers.

Spotting Luca Sbisa 4th is reflective of the Ducks hope. It may or may not reflect reality. Luca has bulked up and added 15 pounds to that string bean frame he brought over from Philly. He’s a good play maker who can compliment the PP. Can he get his shot through to the net? Hopes are high for Sbisa and that could spell trouble around the very emotional Randy Carlyle and Bob Murray.

Sheldon Brookbank is one guy who has flourished and earned a spot for himself under the direction of Carlyle and Farrish. Have to give credit where is due. Brookbank has worked hard to become an accountable, reliable all round D-man. His willingness to drop the gloves is not the only way Sheldon steps up for his teammates. Just the most obvious.

Seniority has its privileges so Brett Festerling gets penciled into the #6 spot. Penciled is the operative word.  Uncle Fester will battle to keep it. There’s no shortage of talented players looking to earn a roster spot. Competition will be keen at this camp. If Bret could match his success with Rick Nash against all other opponents he’d be a Norris candidate. Festerling will definitely find a place on an NHL roster. Just not sure if that will be in Anaheim or somewhere else.

Brendan Mikkelson is in the same spot as Festerling and Danny Syvret. Guys with a smattering of experience who need to take the next step to stick with the big club. Mikkelson needs to compete more in the one on one battles. Especially during the scrums in the dirty area. Like many a young player he has tendency to lose his head during those wild and woolly moments.

Danny Syvret is two years ahead of both Festerling and Mikkelson in terms of time since his first NHL game in 2005-06. He hasn’t seen as much NHL action though. That could be the result of playing in Philly but he didn’t crack a weak Oilers squad either.  Syvret is that perfect bubble player every organization needs and wants. Smart, with more flash and dash than bash and crash, he’s a go to call up when his skill set is what’s needed.

As stated this will be a very competitive camp for the blue line crew. The top 3 are set but anything can happen after that. Don’t be surprised if one of Cam Fowler, Mark Mitera or Matt Clark wins a job during camp.

All three will probably see their first NHL regular season action. Fowler on the 8 game look-see for juniors, while Mitera and Clark earn in season call ups.

  1. czhokej says:

    I hate repeating myself, but I like reading these posts. Only lack of time keeps me from getting deeper into it, and add something little here and there. However, I do not know what the general young audience would like to read about.
    Defensive strategy (for our Ds) was well described here before; it would be also interesting to look at the role of our defensemen in the offensive and neutral zones. And then to analyze the function and resposibility of forwards during defensive phases of the game.

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