Pass first d-men

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  1. Nalyd Psycho

    Nalyd Psycho Registered User

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    Obviously the 29-30 rule changes changed things.

    I've discussed playmaking centers in the past. But, one thing struck me. Prior to 29-30, there were stay at home d-men like Ching Johnson and there were rushing d-men like Shore and Clancy. The ruashing d-men were very effective goal scorers.

    Modern defense includes activating the offense with breakout passes, this wasn't possible until after 29-30. So, what I'm wondering is, who was the first defenseman to really use the breakout pass?
     
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    I have to pass on that one.
    Justg a thought: I don´t think that there was something like "the first" here. When the rule was changed probably all of the coaches urged there players to do jsut that, if not the players thought of it by themselves.
     
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    The thing that strikes me, is that, while assists went up, it seems that goals to assists were still relatively high, and that there was still a clear line between offensive and defensive defenseman. While, 15 years later, there are players like Jimmy thomson and Butch Bouchard who are defensive d-men with solid offensive numbers based solely on passing.
     
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    Well, Hap Day went from 6 goals, 6 assists to 7 goals, 14 assists to 1 goal, 13 assists from 1929 to 1931. Of the top point getting defensemen, he seemed to have the biggest shift in goals:assists.
     
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    Yeah, that's alot different from guys like Shore and Clancy.
     

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