LA Kings v. Dallas Stars: THOUGHTS, TIDBITS, AND COMPLAINTS!
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03-28-2010, 02:20 PM
Join Date: Nov 2002
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Are you having Jack Johnson's child? Jesus man open your eyes. The kid hasn't been that good. He's shown flashes of some great play, but overall he's a numbskull in his own zone and can't put the puck on net to save his life.
Can't put the puck on net? Prove that please. First of all, every other one of our dmen practically hit defenders more than the net. Jack doesn't shoot if there is a chance it will go the other way. He was quoted as saying that. Second, when you have a heavy shot, it's going to miss some. Rob Blake is an NHL great and he doesn't even come close to the amount of accurate SOG's. Doug Gilmore on the point? Umm, Jarrod Freaking Stoll. Besides, Jack has spent quite a bit of the year playing on his off side.
Take a look at the two Jack Johnsons. One Jack Johnson is tenative offensively. The guy and his partner play 2 feet behind the blue line. He is unsure of his mate. That Jack plays with Randy Jones, Drewiske (who has been the epitome of terrible since his return), SoD who after month one has somehow become an embarrasment, and recently Peter Harrold. The other Jack is confident, has no problems passing to his d partners and plays like he has all the weight lifted off his shoulders. The same Jack who was arguably the second best american Dman. The Jack that plays with Drew Doughty and recently at the olympics. When he and Drew played together everyone here and the main board were comparing that pairing to the Bhawks and Preds. Unfortunately, unlike Drew, Jack doesn't get the benefit of playing with our other sound Dmen. Our back end of the D is without a doubt the worst in the NHL.
As to my point, Jack's PP value comes from him being strong at keeping the puck in, being the only dman that leads his target instead of passing the puck to their skate or where they were at the time of the pass, and his uncanny ability to sneak to the net. His ability to draw time by toeing the line is on par or better than Doughty's. Those are the things you need from a PP defenseman.
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