Does Mike Green deserve to win the Norris?
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02-04-2009, 05:57 PM
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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..
This entire post is just false and full of misnomers.
Top 3 offensive defenseman? How about he's first in points and goals since Boudreau took over in Washington over a year ago.
Which is- Hello- the only reason we're even having this discussion.
Half of his points are on the PP and he plays for the worst defensive playoff team in the East right now, yet manages a very good +/-. He's been in front of shaky goaltending. He's currently paired with John Erskine. If anything, the argument is he'd have better +/- on another team.
The TOI is a sign his coach trusts him or else he'd be a PP player, 4th forward, i.e (situational defender).
As far as getting beat physically, that's not his game. It wasn't Leetch's and it's not Scott Neidermeyer's either. They both won the award and were recognized for being good defensemen.
Green is already good in his own end and going to get better.
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