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08-03-2011, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by johnjm22 View Post
He averages 1 hit per 22:30 of ice time. That's not very physical.

By comparison, Greene, who actually is a physical defenseman, registers 1 hit per every 5 minutes of ice time. Even Martinez hits more often than Johnson does. Alec averages 1 hit per 13 minutes of ice time.
When you're out of position or like others have said purely a reactionary defensemen like Johnson is your stats will suffer and you won't be hitting anything. Lidstrom doesn't hit anybody either but his positional play is so superior he funnels the forward where he wants him to go. The good news with Johnson is he's getting better and nobody knows more than King fans that dmen take time to develop. He's got a great contract, he's money in the shootout (when Terry Murray is not confused enough to use him) and he'll get better in time. Right now he is looking for turnovers and gets caught out of position with regularity. Play defense first and the rest of the stats will come. We can dispense with the kill jack kill and all that other nonsense. Jack was lighting up guys who now play in rec leagues-the skill level in the NHL is a little different than Psych majors who just happen to also play hockey.

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