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Experience, maturity separate good from great

For some NHL defensemen, reaching greatness is just a matter of time.

Updated: October 1, 2002, 1:03 PM ET
By Brian Engblom | Special to ESPN.com

To become a successful NHL defenseman, it takes a long time to learn and adapt to the overall decision-making process. Defense is a physical, yet cerebral position. Only through maturity experience -- and a lot of it -- can a defenseman learn how to read the rush and what is coming at him at all times.

Playing through different situations allows a defenseman to better anticipate his opponent's next move. Similar to a football quarterback who learns to read defenses, an NHL defenseman must ...

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