Jack Johnson for Luke Schenn
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05-05-2011, 01:52 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Manitoba, Canada
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Jovanovski, maybe, he is considerably better than Stuart or Morris ever have been at any point in their respective careers.
In the past two seasons, Jack has amassed 78 points in 162 games, which ranks him within the top 20 of defensemen in scoring. In that time frame, he has scored as many or more points than players like Seabrook, Letang, Gonchar, Suter, Edler, E. Johnson, and Phaneuf. Over the past two seasons he also cracks the top 20 list in overall icetime.
People rag on Johnson as if he won't get any better, which is ridiculous when you consider he is still only a 24 year old defenseman with about three and a half seasons worth of NHL experience.
This. Chelios' first 3 seasons came before Johnson was even born but when you look at Prongers first three seasons it's not a big difference from JMFJ. Pronger had 69 points in 202 games and was a -33. In JMFJ's first three seasons, he played 195 games and had 58 points to go with a -52. Pronger was better, no argument, but it wasn't until a few seasons into his time in St. Louis that he rounded into the all-star force he is now. Next season will be a huge one for Jack but he's had two decent playoff showings. How many D-men in the NHL have 12 points in 12 career playoff games?
It was Pronger's sixth season before he reached 40 points in a season as well, and Jack just did it this year in his fourth. Let's give JMFJ some time to plateau before saying he can't reach a Pronger level.
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