Forwards that you'd trust at defense

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    What forwards on your team would you play at defense if your team was in injury or penalty trouble?

    For the Ducks I'd do Getzlaf. He actually played defense for about 20 seconds in that gongshow against the Flames when Fowler got injured.
     
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    If your team was having injury troubles and had to dress a forward at defense, which one on your team would you dress? It doesn't have to be guys like Bergeron because they're more valuable at forward.
     
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    When he was with the Islanders, Frans Nielsen.
     
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    Well our newest college free agent signing Adam Johnson did play some blue line due to injuries last season, so I'll say him :laugh:

    Out of the guys on roster, Hagelin. He's defensively responsible already, decent reach, and nobody's going to skate round the outside of him.
     
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    For the Oilers, last year anyways...

    I'd have to go with Benoit Pouliout.

    Might have been our only forward that has ever played defense?

    I remember in the Ducks series when we had four dmen we were going to send him or Nuge.

    McDavid would be a great defender as well.
     
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    Hard to say but they would need high hockey IQ, patience, and good backwards skating abilities.
     
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    Backlund. His transitioning is his best attribute, his pure defensive game is his second and he's already an elite defender.
     
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    On the Devils I would trust Zajac. I think he would be smart enough to pull off being a passable defender if need be.
     
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    I wouldn't be 100% confident obviously but picking some forwards to play D I'd think of

    1) Frans Nielsen
    2) Henrik Zetterberg
     
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    I read somewhere that some of those NHL forwards can skate backwards.

    I agree on the rest though.
     
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    Being good defensively as a forward and being good defensively as a D are two completely different things. It's not because you're a two way forward that you can defend a blue line or fend off other forwards while skating backwards.

    When I play hockey, I'm an excellent two-way forward and a ****** defenseman.
     
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    I wonder if at some point hockey will evolve past locked positions. It would speed up the game if every player could assume every role on the ice, sans goaltender of course.
     
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    It's happening in basketball so I don't see why not.
     
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    Burns and Byfuglien

    I'd be interested to see Burmistrov as well
     
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    Fedorov managed both reasonably well.
     
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    Probably Nylander or Komarov depending on how the rest of the defense looks.
     
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    This is true, but that doesn't mean some two way forwards can't do those things. I'd be fascinated to see what a "blue line" of


    Malkin-Bergeron
    Backlund-Getzlaf

    Could pull off.
     
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    Easy to play defense when you're past the other teams blue line, look at Karlsson.

    No doubt in my mind that a top-four of that would be a serviceable NHL caliber defensive group.
     
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    Patrice Bergeron, 200 ft game, skates N/E/W/S like the wind with a high hockey IQ!:handclap:
     

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