Player types: The defensive liability

Cam Charron
September 25 2011 10:56AM



Earlier, I introduced on The Nations Network a new way of looking at a player's plus/minus rating, specifically to do with on-ice shot differential, in an effort to learn more about teams and players.

This month, somewhat regularly, I will break down types of players and teams in an effort to localize player talents and figure out exactly what certain teams need. There's definitely more to a hockey player than simply being "good" or "bad" and by how much, so today I will profile the defensive forward.

(Previous: The two-way forward, the defensive forward, the offensive liability and the no-way forward)

We move today into the higher event category for players. Remember, high-event players are the ones who drive and allow a lot of shots at both ends when they're on the ice. In short, some of the most exciting players in hockey fit into these next two categories. The first we'll deal with is the Defensive Liability.

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September 25 2011 12:08AM


This week you can tell that The Nation Network really is starting to grow. Columnists from The Winnipeg Sun, Edmonton Journal and Vancouver Sun all weigh in during this week's episode and there is even time to laugh - er take a look at - the Calgary Flames roster in this here 2011-12 preseason.

This is NationRadio.

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Sabres 3 Leafs 2: Ugh

September 24 2011 07:35PM

Frattin looked good, the Sabres won by a goal thanks to having ten more power plays. Really only one thing left to do:

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Leafs v. Sabres: Previewing The Rematch

Pension Plan Puppets
September 24 2011 01:33PM

TV: CBC Hockey Night in Canada
Radio: AM640
Internet: LeafsTV Interactive

The Leafs travel down the QEW to visit the Chamber of Horrors which has been renamed First Niagare Centre. The rematch against the Sabres will see Jonas Gustavsson play the full sixty minutes against fellow European Jhonas Enroth.

More thoughts and lineups after the jump

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Sabres 2 Leafs 1: Strong Showing

September 23 2011 08:01PM

The Leafs lost 2-1 tonight but I think that we saw some great performances up and down the Leafs lineup. The Sabres got on the board first when Dion Phaneuf passed into Keith Aulie's skates and Corey Tropp buried the resulting turnover. John Michael Liles had a beautiful rush which led to Phil Kessel muscling a defender off and banging in the rebound to tie the game in the second before a Kaleta dive gave the Sabres a power play. Phaneuf blocked a shot and his stick broke and that was all she wrote. Follow me over the jump for some thoughts on the game.

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