Friday, March 16, 2007

A move to the blueline for Fedorov

When the Blue Jackets played last week's game against Anaheim with four regulars on defence missing because of injury, Fedorov — normally a centre — dropped back and played defence in a 5-4 Columbus win, logging more than 26 minutes of ice time and finishing at plus-one.

Fedorov played defence for a time in his Detroit Red Wings days, whenever coach Scotty Bowman wanted him thinking more on the ice. Right now, Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock is planning to keep Fedorov back there, at least in the short term, because he moves the puck so well, a quality Columbus lacks from its collection of rearguards, especially with Bryan Berard not playing.



At 6:25 p.m., March 16, 2007, Blogger sager said...

That's more of a comment on Columbus blueline corps but if they feel he can play back there, why not? It's really something how so few players ever get to play both roles once you get past the age of 10 or so.

At 7:30 p.m., March 16, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a little surprised at the 'Brian Berard' mention. As though he was carrying the defense? There's a reason he wasn't getting much playing time, and it wasn't because of his back injury...

At 3:38 p.m., March 17, 2007, Blogger PJ Swenson said...

Watched him play defense for 20:29 last night against San Jose. He finished -1, with 27 shifts against most of the Sharks top lines, and his defensive partner was Ron Hainsey for the most part from what I saw.

Federov looked good, he had his head up before he even received the puck, and was looking to push it up ice.


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