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Defensively efficient prospects unfairly take the backseat to the skilled offensive guys. A three-point game and a nice move in the shootout makes for a good highlight video whereas a couple good pokechecks and neutral zone interceptions do not. It’s easy to look at a statsheet and see that a player had two goals, and therefore surely did something right. But there’s little in the way of stats (at least, readily available at lower levels) that will show the performance of a player defensively. As such, the skilled, offensive guys get their names “out there” more often. But here’s your chance, Brady Skjei! The 2012 New York Rangers First-Round Pick has played the shutdown defenseman role all season long for the top-ranked Minnesota Gophers; a team stacked with offensive prowess. Skjei does have some offense in him though, and he turned some heads this past weekend in back-to-back games against Boo Nieves and Michigan, scoring three of the team’s five total goals. Skjei’s first goal c...
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