2012 NHL Entry Draft Talk 12.0
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04-27-2012, 01:25 PM
Haters gonna hate
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I like Spurgeon more than Weber but I certainly wouldn't want both on my team.
Weber has a frequent healthy scratch on a team that finished 3rd last in the NHL with one of the worst power plays. If he was even remotely decent this season he could have earned a regular spot. IMO Weber is at best a #7 d-man/pp specialist.
I don't think he has any value outside of this particular discussion board.
Actually, I think that Weber is being grossly underrated on these boards. He does have his shortcomings, but early on in the season, he was possibly our best d-man. His early-season swagger never really recovered after being bounced around between the 4th line, the press box, and the bottom D pairing. He's still young, and I like how he battles down low. He needs to improve his positional play, especially in front of the crease, but a lot of his struggles just stem from his decreased confidence. He was actually usually playing a sound positional game early in the season. Finally, despite limited minutes and fewer games, he managed to rank 16th in the NHL in power play goals by a defenseman, which ain't too shabby. Our PP's inadequacy is more a reflection of the Habs' lack of talent up front as opposed to Weber not being good enough to play the point.
A shrewd talent evaluator can poach Weber for next to nothing thanks to the Habs abysmal asset management practices, consistently driving down players' value before moving these assets out.
Looking at the Habs depth on D, I'm not sure there's room for a guy like a Weber on a D corps that's already low on physicality (only Subban and Emelin can be considered as an intimidating physical presence on D). However, a team that's low on offensive talent from the back end should definitely take a look at a guy like Weber who's already proving to be one of the better goal-scoring threats in the entire league on the PP from the point.
All this to say that I believe Weber likely still holds some decent value in the eyes of some teams, and the draft could be a good time to look to trade him in order to acquire different assets and/or move up/down the draft.
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