Thread: Value of: Derek Dorsett
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08-26-2012, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by zeus3007 View Post
Most teams have a guy who is similar to Dorsett.
No they don't. Folks will easily assume they do because they think he's a smallish fourth-line "energy guy" who occasionally scores. To understand why the average CBJ reaction to this thread is "go to hell", you have to look at his ability to play the PK (especially since he's taken less truly stupid penalties every year - he's learning! ) and particularly his ability to play in very tough 5-on-5 defensive situations - last year he played in the same sorts of situations as guys like, oh, Brandon Sutter and Dave Bolland, and put up comparable performances. He's a high-quality defensive third-liner who'd defend his teammates from a crosseyed glance if it was necessary, he's one of our best legit "never-say-die" leaders from before Johnny-come-latelys like JMFJ and Wisniewski and Dubinsky showed up... and Vinny Prospal is teaching him how to score.

So, yeah. To heck with market value. Don't bother asking about him. He may not be a high-value player, and he'll never be counted among those players I mentioned above because he doesn't score as much as them and he's a winger instead of a center... but as he is he's been great and he's regularly improving. He's a Blue Jacket and he's here to stay.

Go ask Red Wings fans for Darren Helm. You'll get further.

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Last edited by Viqsi: 08-26-2012 at 10:28 AM. Reason: searching for defensive comparables and found 'em... and, well, yikes.
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