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Roman Josi isn't a household NHL star, but the Nashville Predators defenseman is well on his way to becoming one of the league's top players at the position.
Much like his predecessor Ryan Suter, the 23-year-old is a gifted offensive defenseman who provides scoring from the blue line with a power shot from the point, strong puck-moving skills and smooth skating.
But to become a well-rounded defenseman, Josi has to be more physical in his own zone.
The best shutdown defensemen, including Josi's teammate and captain Shea Weber, use their strength and size to win puck battles along the boards, clear traffic from the net and wear down opposing forwards with huge hits.
Josi would greatly benefit from playing with more aggression in the defensive zone, which would make him a much tougher defenseman to play against.
If his defensive skills improve and he shows a higher level of physicality in all three zones, Josi will develop into a top-tier two-way defenseman who excels against the league's top scorers.
Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. He was also a credentialed writer at the 2011 and 2013 Stanley Cup Final, as well as the 2013 NHL draft.