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Canada's defense

Discussion in 'International Tournaments' started by Kshahdoo, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. Kshahdoo

    Kshahdoo Registered User

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    Is it just me, or Canada's defense's future doesn't look very bright? Weber and Keith are declining. Doughty, Pietrangelo and Subban are still at their prime, but for how long? And where are young guys, who'll come and substitute them? If we take young defensemen, people are talking about the most, they all are American, Sweden, even Russian, and not a lot of Canadian.

    At the next Olympics (I hope, NHLers will play in China) Canada's defense will still be good, but what about the next World Cup (I hope, it'll happen) in 6 years?
     
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    It's been much discussed but yes, Canada's group of young defencemen isn't inspiring. The generation following Doghty/Pietrangelo/Subban just wasn't that good. Defencemen usually take longer to develop than forwards do, but by the time a defenceman is in his early 20s you can usually tell. By sheer numbers Canada will probably have a top defenceman or two come seemingly out of nowhere (Parayko for instance) but this group is far from Canada's best historically.
     
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    Critical AM...roll 1d4 goals

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    I don't think it's that bad.

    Elite:
    • Burns
    • Doughty
    • Subban
    • Pietrangelo
    Up and comers:
    • Barrie
    • Dumba
    • Hamilton
    • Rielly
    • Manson
    • Parayko
    Often overlooked:
    • Giordano
    • Ellis
    • Monyour
    • Spurgeon
    • Ekblad

    There's a lot of guys on that list that are elite now, have the potential to be elite, or at at very least, high end top pairing defencemen in the NHL.

    The golden age of having 6 of the top 10 dmen might be passing, but I am not worried.
     
  4. DDRhockey

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    What happended with chabot?
     
  5. ErikBrannstrom

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    Nothing, he had a fantastic rookie season for Ottawa, he's just often overlooked.
     
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    Fantastic is probably stretching it
     
  7. ErikBrannstrom

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    25 points in 60 games as a rookie playing in all situations and looking comfortable out there. He was Ottawa's 2nd best defenceman all season.
     
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    The past few drafts havent pumped out any Norris calibre Canadian defensemen prospects. However this years draft looks quite good for Canadian defensemen with Bouchard, Dobson, and Smith spearheading the class. Bowen Byram will undoubtedly challenge for top-3 or top-5 in next years draft and he looks like a promising NHL d-man prospect.
     
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