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MICHAEL FARBER
March 29, 2010
Pierre McGuire gives the lowdown on the five players (all 25 and under) who along with Doughty make up the vanguard of the NHL's Young Defensemen Revolution.
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March 29, 2010

Blue Line Specials

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Pierre McGuire gives the lowdown on the five players (all 25 and under) who along with Doughty make up the vanguard of the NHL's Young Defensemen Revolution.

Shea Weber, Nashville, 24

A big man (6'4", 234 pounds) who dishes out clean, hard hits, Weber is at his best matching up against opponents' top forwards. His slap shot from the point is probably the most feared in the NHL—seven of his 13 goals through Sunday had come on with a man advantage, tying him for third-most power-play goals among NHL defensemen.

Mike Green, Washington, 24

The best offensive blueliner in the game, Green has scored more points in the last three years than any other NHL defenseman, and his 70 through Sunday is tops this season. Fearless with the puck on his stick, Green is most dangerous when he's charging deep into the offensive zone. He's also more than willing to get physical when battling for the puck deep in his own end.

Ryan Suter, Nashville, 25

At 6'1" and 198 pounds, Suter isn't as big and physical as Weber, his teammate with the Predators, but he's more poised and consistent. He's also a better passer. Suter's grasp of the game allows him to be so efficient that it's sometimes hard to notice how effective he is—through Sunday he led the Predators in average ice time (24:00) and assists (30).

Tyler Myers, Buffalo, 20

Myers is an exceptionally fluid skater for such a big man (6'8"), and his stickhandling is almost as sublime. The toughness of his game was once a question mark, but he's already so dominant that it's no longer a concern. He's capable of physical play, but often he simply uses his long reach to separate opposition players from the puck.

Dion Phaneuf, Toronto, 24

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