Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/25/05 at 05:07 PM ET
I've got to give my first quarter rookie nod to Phaneuf. Outside of Calgary, I'm probably alone on this call, but the transition this kid has made from juniors to a potential depth member of Team Canada is nothing short of phenomenal. While the new rules were made to accentuate the skills of offensive whizzes such as Crosby and Ovechkin, they were supposed to make the job more difficult for defenders like Phaneuf. Instead, he's obliterated the stereotype of the slow learning curve for young blueliners and has outplayed many of the game's top veterans.continued, inlcuding other 1/4 awards...
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