The Key to the Sharks Success: Demers
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03-17-2010, 02:13 PM
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Napa Valley, CA
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I am not saying Demers was better when Vlasic was playing. The team was better and Demers played more games when Vlasic was playing, so we won more games with Demers playing.
My assesment on Demers: 1 - He played his best paired with Huskins 2 - His play has declined as the season has gone on.
I still like the guy and would like to see him up here and there. Whether he plays during the playoffs should depend on who were playing and if we go 7 D. If it's seven he should be up I think. If it's six, it's whether we need the grit and experience of Wallin or more puck movement with Demers.
In a way, its a dearth of riches - but its all tin where we are rich (lower players).
I think we will have Demers and Ferriero in town when the playoffs start, even if they aren't in the line-up. It's not going to surprise me to see Ferriero replacing Staubitz as a starter though.
On defense, the tradeoff isn't necassarily Wallin or Demers though it might look like that at first glance. I think its Huskins or Demers. Wallin is a lock to play. Outside of injury, the only way I think Demers is playing, is if Huskins sits. No disrespect to Huskins because I think he has been OK, but before the season is out, I'd like to see:
Boyle-Wallin (Could easily eat 25 minutes a night and resemble a real top pair)
Blake-Vlasic (They play better together than separated and play better with 20 minutes or less.)
Murray-Demers (Puck possession physical defenseman mixed with a skating puck-carrier is appealing and puts Murray in a role that will have him skating less than 18 minutes a night ... also good for Demers.)
Demers might make mistakes, but I like his puck carrying a lot and decision making in the offensive zone. He can get the puck up the ice fast and thats something we are missing now. Murray and Demers to me are a better pairing than any combination with Huskins in the top 6. Huskins-Murray is another option of course and that might be the obvious solution since Huskins was DW's lead off-season signing. But Demers is better carrying the puck and entering the zone than Huskins, and Murray can bail Demers out if he makes a mistake in the defensive zone if needed.
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