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06-05-2012, 04:42 AM
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Originally Posted by The Grouch View Post
Agreed! I wouldn't mind replacing Jackman with the right player(Ryan Suter looks good in Blue ), but Bryan Allen definitely isn't that player. Here is a comparison of their last three season's...


A lot of Blues fans won't admit it, but Barret Jackman is one of the more solid defensemen in the league. He continues to be underrated by his own fanbase.

I love Jackman and have defended him for years, but you're missing 2 fairly important stats for stay at home D men.

Hits- 254
Blocked Shots- 373

Blocked Shots- 428

Allen is healthier, far more physical and a better shot blocker. More importantly, Allen is a crease clearer. The guy is 6'5" 230lbs, plays with a chip on his shoulder and has developed into one of the best "crease police" guys out there. Where Jackman has the edge over Allen is in terms of positioning and leverage, especially in the corners.

As far as ATOI and +/- ; Allen has played for Florida and Carolina the last 3 years. They are 2 of the worst teams in the League and neither plays anything close to a defensive system. They also both have a trio of offensive D men(Kulikov, Ballard, McCabe, Pitkanen, McBain, Corvo, Harrison, Faulk) who got most of the ice time(which might be part of the reason they are so bad defensively).

Jackman and Allen are definitely in the same category as defensive D men. Jackman is better in the corners, Allen is better in the crease. Personally, given how we got man-handled in front of the net against LA; I'd prefer Allen to Jackman.

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