Does Mike Green deserve to win the Norris?
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02-04-2009, 04:28 PM
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That's being polite.
He plays close to 30 minutes on some nights and is already solid defensively at age TWENTY-THREE.
His offensive ability is unmatched.
A lot of people are going to have egg on their face trying to pigeon-hole the kid after what was essentially his 1st year as a starting defenseman (last year).
I never understood why people threw ice time out there as something that makes a player godly. What if those 30 minutes were full of mistakes? The ice time in itself means absolutely nothing.
He's not solid defensively, not by any strecth of the imagination. He gets beat both positionally and physically over and over again. His speed somewhat makes up for his shortcomings but he's not solid defensively.
He's young and I bet he'll be an outstanding defenceman in the future. Right now he's basicly a poor mans Coffey. That's not a bad thing, he's already top-3 offensively, but he shouldn't be considered for the Norris at this point.
Let's be honest, on another team he wouldn't have either the +/- or the points.
And I really like the guy, he plays a flashy game that really speaks to me.
But Norris material..
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