Thread: Proposal: Van-Phi
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05-31-2010, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by I am The Mush View Post
I don't think he is going to be a Timonen or a Pronger any time soon (most guys aren't, obviously). People get frustrated with that because he has the physical tools to be on that level (as you mentioned). But if you can evaluate him outside of the context of his talent, or our expectations of him, he is actually a pretty good d-man. He gets himself in trouble sometimes trying to to do too much (i.e. what his talent should probably grant him the ability to do, but doesn't), but most of the time when he keeps it simple he is a damn solid player.
Unfortunately, I don't think it's "most of the time." I agree completely that when he keeps it simple he's very effective, but he gets caught trying to do too much far too often. Through 50% of last year he was terrible... and he was sporadic pretty much all of this season. Has turned it on the playoffs of late, but if I'm planning for a 100 game schedule, that's not enough to bank on.

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