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02-18-2012, 09:26 AM
Knight of the Realm
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This is misleading. Jack is a team-worst -10. That stat on its own may not prove that he is a terrible defenseman, but he has had, by far, the worst +/- on the Kings
for the past four seasons
, and the season before that he was second worst.
Based on the mountain of empirical data, the other team is more likely to score while he is on the ice than against any other player on the Kings. Copper and Blue did an excellent article about how the Sharks exploited his defensive shortcomings in the playoffs last season. It was brutal.
At some point you have to accept that even though you cannot personally explain why something happens, there is some logical reason that it does and will continue to do so. He is bad defensively, and it is beyond my hockey knowledge (and apparently that of most posters here) to explain why.
Having said that, I like Jack's natural talent, work ethic, and heart too much to give up on him. That is stuff that can't be taught, while I think that solid defense can be. I think that the combination of him being left free to do as he pleased at Michigan and then him having a locker next to Rob Blake's (who had long since discovered that playing solid defense is not required to earn an NHL paycheck) set him back a few years in development. He should have spent a couple seasons in the AHL. But he's young still; he has plenty of time to unlearn the bad habits he's picked up.
Thanks for the post, nciely done.
I don't think LA fans are saying that JJ is Scuderi or Mitchell. I do think that most Kings fans have seen him improve over the years and are trying to make that point.
To say he hasn't and to say he sucks because I have seen he play one game, and I think he is the most overrated player in the league, and +/- is the end all be all so JJ has no worth, is plain stupid.
Look I can do it too:
I saw Giroux play one game and he looked terrible....so overrated.
McQuad is a pylon I watched him for half a period and he got smoked, AHL player.
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