Originally Posted by Top Shelf
In other words, size is critical but by itself doesn't matter; it damn sure won't be 6'6" Victor Hedman protecting Drouin, if Victor himself requires protection from someone else.
Somebody should print this out and tape it up in Victor's stall.
I agree - sort of. Mostly I've just accepted that Hedman is not a fighter at all, nor is he particularly physical. I know I remember him getting labeled ( in a fight) and being out for some time with a concussion- so it looks to me like Veektor is better off not doing that, or risk missing games. The point is, your players that you MUST have on the ice to compete at the highest level ( Stamkos, St. Louis, Hedman, Drouin, assuming he makes the line up-) should not be the ones tasked with taking on Lucic, et all... This job is Labrie's, or Glass Joe Crombeen's. Labrie was never really given a chance to do this job, nor did it look like he embraced it when he was given the chance- so yeah, Hedman needs protection if we want him in line up- sad to say, but there it is-