Thread: Value of: Christian Ehrhoff
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06-19-2009, 05:40 AM
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Ehrhoff is seriously undervalued. When he was given playing time, his shot was great, he made no mistakes, and he looked like a younger version of Scott Niedermayer. I really don't understand Ehrhoff and how he has been coached. Under both RW and TM, when Ehrhoff is given 1st unit PP time and ice time with a good defenseman, he produces great numbers and his line works really well. Last year, I think part of the reason was that TM tried to match an offensive-minded guy with a defensive minded guy. However, Vlasic and Lukowich have more offensive skill in their thumbs than Doug Murray. Also, Ehrhoff saw little ice time with JT's unit, and spent most of the time on the ice with the third and fourth units. Because these are more defensively oriented lines, Ehrhoff was unable to explore offensively.

As a stand-alone player, he is the team's best defensive defenseman. Vlasic is usually great, but only when paired with a guy he doesn't have to cover. He doesn't have the speed to get in to a new position if his partner is out of his. Blake and Murray also don't have that speed, and Lukowich is only a bottom-pairing guy. Boyle probably has Ehrhoff's speed, but he doesn't have his frame and generally has a lot of offensive license. Ehrhoff's defensive skill explains his PK ice time.

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