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07-31-2008, 11:26 PM
What's the Pred say?
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Originally Posted by echlfreak View Post
Bonk was -31 what is your comeback to that Worstfaceoffmanuver??? Is that a TOP defensive forward? -10 I can understand but -31 wow!!! That is with his 14 goals that he got plus' for, which means he was on the ice for at LEAST 45 goals against minimum...add the totals of his line mates and you are close to 60 goals against that he was on the ice for
Well let's look at a few things here:

1. What Bonk was going up against. Bonk was billed as our Sammy Pahlsson and used in that capacity, for the most part. He was going up against first lines all across the league every night. We're talking Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Kariya, Patrick Kane, Rick Nash... that's a lot of offensive talent to go up against, and that's just in our own division. Going up against Datsyuk and Zetterberg 8 times a year definitely can't help your plus-minus (Bonk was a -6 in 27 games against the Central).
2. Plus-minus isn't exactly a good barometer for defensive ability, because you can get a minus from somebody else's mistake (for example, a Zanon turnover that leads to a Minnesota goal), or from a complete fluke- Cal O'Reilly once got a minus because a puck hit the shaft of his stick and went in the net. A lot of his bigger minus efforts are as much the responsibility of inconsistent defensemen and goaltenders as it is his defensive play. Also, I think it's worth noting that Bonk had four games at -3, where we played like complete crap defensively: a 6-0 loss to LA on 10/23, a 4-3 loss to Minnesota on 11/24, a 6-5 win over Ottawa on 11/29, and an 8-4 loss to Buffalo on 2/27. Those were collectively poor defensive efforts. Take out those four games and Bonk is a -19.
3. Bonk's inability to compensate offensively. If you look at his numbers, 11 of his 14 goals game before January 1st, and on 12/29 he had a foot injury that bugged him the rest of the year and had to wear a boot for most, if not all of the remainder of the season. I think that foot injury was bugging him a lot more than the organization let on. His lack of high-quality offensive linemates (Smithson, Ortmeyer, Fiddler, and Peverley mostly) also hurt his ability to produce and compensate. If we have a deeper team and can give him better linemates, Bonk's plus-minus is nowhere near that -31.

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