Yesterday I posted the top 20 defensive zone starters in 2011/12. The top two players are Manny Malhotra of Vancouver and Jim Slater of Winnipeg. Both are used in their defensive zone starts in part because they are reliable on defensive zone faceoffs. The third player on the list is Tampa Bay defenceman Eric Brewer.
Brewer is an interesting player. He was once thought of as a star defenceman of the future. He has played internationally for Team Canada including in the 2002 Olympics. He never really developed into an offensive defenceman as it was hoped. Nevertheless coach Guy Boucher has found a useful role for him in Tampa.
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The Winnipeg Jets have been in the news for all the wrong reasons this summer. The question now is how much of an effect it will have on the ice this season. Shortly after the Jets signed free agents Alexei Ponikarovsky and Olli Jokinen, giving a boost to the front-six forward group, there was more action in the courtroom than anywhere else. First, it was revealed that goaltender...