Photo: Chris Gordon
First, a quick literature review.
“Orlov is a talented, smooth skating offensive defenseman who prefers to press the attack and create scoring opportunities at all times.”
– Hockey’s Future. No date provided.
Q: The public at large in the U.S. knows only that Orlov is a D-man. Is he a “stay-at-home” defenseman or an offensive defenseman?
A: I would say it’s offensive… But we don’t know what the coach says in the locker room. He’s not a “stay-at-home” defenseman, that’s for sure. His attacking skills have actually led him to play some games as a forward. He scored twice that game.
- Evgeni Starikov, a Metallurg Novokuznetsk fan, to RMNB. January 2010.
“He loves to attack on the rush and this will lead to him earning points on a team like the Capitals (though they have become more defense-minded).”
- Dobber Hockey. April 2012.
“He’s a great offensive player. He’s very effective on the power play and everything. It definitely hurts when he’s not there.”
- Cam Schilling to the Washington Times. December 2012.
Since even before Dmitry Orlov made his Caps debut back in 2011-12, we’ve heard that he’s an offensive defenseman, the eventual successor to Mike Green’s throne as the Caps blue liner most likely to attack.
I’m not so sure.