Your 2012 - 2013 Expectations for Jake Gardiner
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08-22-2012, 03:15 PM
Join Date: Dec 2010
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He was very sheltered last year, which helped with his offensive numbers.
What the heck are you talking about?
He averaged 21:35/game (topping out at about 27 minutes), played primarily on the 2nd-pairing, and played in all situations (ES, PP, PK). As the season went on, he was relied on more and more against the opposing team's top players, and in important situations. And excelled.
He was far from sheltered. He is also not bad defensively. That is a myth perpetuated by the faulty belief that you can't be a smooth-skating, point-producing, non-physical defenseman, and still do well defensively.
Despite one of if not the greatest defenseman of our era doing exactly that.
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