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by Paul on 01/24/11 at 03:53 PM ET
from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,
Since Suter does everything well, he seems somewhat unspectacular on the ice to the common fan. The phrase “under-the-radar” and the name “Ryan Suter” go hand in hand. But a breakthrough Olympics in 2010 and a stellar 2010-11 season have given people cause to take notice and see Suter as one of the top defensemen in the NHL.
“He doesn’t have any super powers, but he does everything at an eight or a nine level,” USA TODAY hockey writer Kevin Allen said. “He is to Nashville what Nicklas Lidstrom is to Detroit. I don’t think there’s any question.”
Before turning aside the association with the six-time Norris Trophy winner (as the NHL’s top defenseman), four national analysts were interviewed for this story. Each, without solicitation, brought up Lidstrom in comparing Suter to him.
“Not that he is Nicklas Lidstrom, but the kind of things you’ve seen from Nicklas Lidstrom for 20 years, those are the kinds of things Ryan Suter brings to the game every night,” ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside said.
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