Star rookie defensemen
come along more rarely than great rookie forwards or goalies.
Taormina is one of four Sharks to play in all 33 games to date and leads Worcester defensemen
in scoring with four goals and 14 assists.
Whitney and Gleason will replace injured defensemen
Paul Martin and Mike Komisarek.
Notice that one man always covers the ball-handler man-to-man and that two middies and two defensemen
cover the comers of the rectangle.
The Worcester Sharks made three signings yesterday, inking goalie Thomas Greiss and defensemen
Sean Sullivan and Matt Pelech to contracts.
Canucks recall rookie: Defenseman Alexander Edler was recalled by the Vancouver Canucks from Manitoba of the American Hockey League because Sami Salo, tied for eighth among NHL defensemen
with 10 points, was sidelined by a knee sprain.
The marriage of Groulx and the Sharks' emphasis on having their defensemen
get involved in the play offensively turned out to be a perfect one.
With goaltenders and defensemen
drawing the most attention, 25 trades involving 40 players were completed Thursday before the league cutoff.
Anyone compiling a list of the NHL's best defensemen
this season can be excused for pausing before scribbling down Visnovsky's name.