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Trade Target: Defensemen

Yesterday we took a look at some of the forwards that may be available come February 27th. Today I would like to focus on some of the defensemen that may be available this year.

Many teams such as Chicago and Philadelphia will be looking to bulk up their D for a prolonged run in the playoffs. Could Detroit be in the market?

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Detroit has been much more solid on defense this season. The additions of White and Commodore have proven to be smart moves. Kronwall, Ericsson and Kindl have stepped up to the plate. Babcock’s new coaching staff have brought a fresh outlook to the game. And the team seems to have made a commitment to play better in their own zone.

That’s not to say that there isn’t room to improve. Ericsson has been looking much better, but is still prone to making bonehead plays that usually directly result in the opposing team scoring. Kindl is young and may not be ready to shoulder the load of a 5-6 defenseman in the grueling playoffs. Commodore has played sparingly and knows what it takes to win a cup, but is he the best option?

Let’s take a look at some of the defenders that may or may not be an upgrade.

All stats and scouting reports provided by Hockey Forecaster These are in no particular order.

Bryce Salvador – New Jersey Devils
Age: 35
Cap Hit: $2.9M
Years Left: 0 (UFA)
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 215
Shoots: Left
Seasons: 9

GP

G

A

P

PIM

PPG

48

0

5

5

30

0


ASSETS:
Plays it smooth and steady in the defensive zone. Can be a physical force and punish opponents with big body checks.

FLAWS: Isn’t much of a factor in the offensive zone. Can struggle when lined up against speedy National Hockey League wingers.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Physical stay-at-home defenseman.

Johnny Oduya – Winnipeg Jets
Age: 30
Cap Hit: $3.5M
Years Left: 0 (UFA)
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 190
Shoots: Left
Seasons: 5

GP

G

A

P

PIM

PPG

49

2

10

12

28

0


ASSETS:
Is a great skater with the instincts to limit the damage to a minimum in the defensive zone. Owns an infectious attitude and is a solid teammate. Can occasionally play a shutdown role.

FLAWS: Isn’t a major offensive threat, nor is he big by National Hockey League standards. Also lacks the temperament to play with physical aggression on a consistent basis. Lacks consistency.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Mobile defensive defenseman.

Michal Rozsival – Phoenix Coyotes
Age: 33
Cap Hit: $5.0M
Years Left: 0 (UFA)
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 212
Shoots: Right
Seasons: 10

GP

G

A

P

PIM

PPG

22

0

5

5

8

0


ASSETS:
Has a good combination of passing skills and hockey sense from the point. Is a good-sized defender with sound mobility.

FLAWS: Doesn’t always play with optimum intensity. Should make better use of his 6-1, 212-pound frame, since he is at times a little too soft.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Savvy puck-moving defenseman.

Bryan Allen – Carolina Hurricanes
Age: 31
Cap Hit: $2.9M
Years Left: 0 (UFA)
Height: 6’5”
Weight: 226
Shoots: Left
Seasons: 10

GP

G

A

P

PIM

PPG

51

0

7

7

52

0


ASSETS:
Possesses size and strength in spades, as well as better-than-average mobility when opposed against speedy forwards. Can play a shutdown role.

FLAWS: Injuries have hindered his performance. Also, his offensive ability is limited, since he hasn’t put up big numbers at any level. Can take bad penalties.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Physical defensive defenseman.

Kyle Quincey – Colorado Avalanche
Age: 26
Cap Hit: $3.125M
Years Left: 0 (RFA)
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 207
Shoots: Left
Seasons: 6

GP

G

A

P

PIM

PPG

45

4

18

22

52

3


ASSETS:
Displays all-around ability. Skates well and is adept at playing the point on the power play. Can log a ton of ice time and play opposite top forwards. At his best when he keeps his game simple

FLAWS: Doesn’t always use his big frame to lean on opponents, which gives forwards too much comfort in the attacking zone when he’s on the ice.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Inconsistent, yet talented defenseman.

Erik Johnson – Colorado Avalanche
Age: 23
Cap Hit: $2.6M
Years Left: 0 (RFA)
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 232
Shoots: Right
Seasons: 3

GP

G

A

P

PIM

PPG

45

1

18

19

13

0


ASSETS:
Has a great shot from the point. Skates extremely well for a big man and has a mean streak that can rattle opposing forwards. Owns all-around upside.

FLAWS: Is still working on his positional skills, as he tends to leave the zone too early on occasion. Must be a more consistent presence and improve his defense.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Big-minute offensive defenseman with size and all-around upside.

Tobias Enstrom – Winnipeg Jets
Age: 27
Cap Hit: $3.75M
Years Left: 1
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 180
Shoots: Left
Seasons: 4

GP

G

A

P

PIM

PPG

30

4

15

19

18

2


ASSETS:
Possesses all the tools needed to run a good power play: Skating, passing skills, hockey sense and a decent shot. Is a smart defender who is capable of logging huge minutes.

FLAWS: His diminutive stature somewhat limits his effectiveness five on five at the NHL level. Can get overwhelmed physically, especially in the corners. Injuries are a concern.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Offensive big-minute defenseman.

Keith Ballard – Vancouver Canucks
Age: 29
Cap Hit: $4.2M
Years Left: 3 
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 208
Shoots: Left
Seasons: 6

GP

G

A

P

PIM

PPG

43

1

6

7

57

0


ASSETS:
Is very confident in his ability to rush with the puck from the back end, as well as his propensity to throw open-ice hits. Displays some offensive upside.

FLAWS: Needs to continue to work on his defensive-zone coverage, as well as learn to pick his spots better when going for the big body check.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Inconsistent all-around defenseman.

Mark Streit – New York Islanders
Age: 34
Cap Hit: $4.1M
Years Left: 1
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 193
Shoots: Right
Seasons: 5

GP

G

A

P

PIM

PPG

48

3

23

26

28

2


ASSETS:
Has a booming shot and is capable of quarterbacking the point on the power play. Moves the puck swiftly up the ice. Owns plenty of veteran savvy.

FLAWS: Lacks ideal size for the blue-line position at the NHL level. Will at times cough up the puck in the defensive zone.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Power play quarterback and big-minute defenseman.

Ryan Suter – Nashville Predators
Age: 27
Cap Hit: $3.5M
Years Left: 0 (UFA)
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 198
Shoots: Left
Seasons: 6

GP

G

A

P

PIM

PPG

47

5

23

28

26

3 (1 SH)


ASSETS:
Possesses an excellent all-around game. Love to join the attack, and can rack up points on the power play, mainly due to a heavy point shot and pinpoint passing. Loves to hit people, and loves a heavy workload.

FLAWS: Will sometimes chase a big hit, which places himself out of defensive position.

CAREER POTENTIAL: All-around, big-minute defenseman.

Shea Weber – Nashville Predators
Age: 26
Cap Hit: $7.5M
Years Left: 0 (RFA)
Height: 6’4”
Weight: 232
Shoots: Right
Seasons: 6

GP

G

A

P

PIM

PPG

46

10

24

34

28

5 (2 SH)


ASSETS:
Has both the size and mean streak to keep skilled players honest. Excels in one-on-one situations, as he literally overpowers opponents. Can unleash a big-time point shot and log a lot of ice time. Has the ability to drop the gloves and is a born leader.

FLAWS: Must curb his propensity to run around the defensive zone in search of the big hit from time to time. Is still a little inconsistent in terms of playing the shutdown role. Will take a bad penalty once in a while.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Elite all-around defenseman with a big point shot and leadership skills.


Chris Campoli – Montreal Canadiens
Age: 27
Cap Hit: $1.75M
Years Left: 0 (UFA)
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 200
Shoots: Left
Seasons: 6

GP

G

A

P

PIM

PPG

13

1

1

2

0

0


ASSETS:
Is mobile and polished when in possession of the puck. Can make up for his mistakes with his speed. Has some offensive ability.

FLAWS: Needs to work on his defensive-zone coverage, which is spotty at best. Struggles when he has to lay on the body, and can get manhandled in front of his own net.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Mobile defenseman with consistency issues.


Hal Gill – Montreal Canadiens
Age: 36
Cap Hit: $2.25M
Years Left: 0 (UFA)
Height: 6’7”
Weight: 241
Shoots: Left
Seasons: 13

GP

G

A

P

PIM

PPG

44

1

6

7

27

0


ASSETS:
Is a great shot-blocker. Has tremendous size and reach. Excels on the penalty kill and in shutdown roles. Can log a lot of minutes and has pretty good hockey sense. Is also a team leader.

FLAWS: Has skating deficiencies that hurt his overall effectiveness, since he can get beat to the outside and struggles with his straightaway speed. Isn’t much of an offensive threat.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Mammoth shutdown defenseman with plenty of savvy.

Do the Wings need another defender to solidify the back end? Weber and Suter are likely not going anywhere with the way the Preds are playing, and you can bet the Red Wings are that the last place David Poile would trade them to.

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