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12-03-2012, 10:30 PM
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Guelph, Ontario
Originally Posted by
Faidh ar Rud Eigin
You're really just refuting that without actually giving a reason why. Why would the best defensmen playing 40 minutes on one of the best junior teams defensively not matter? It's proof that Murphy's doing that job, he's doing it great, and there's no reason to not play him even strength.
You can find defensive lapse's for any player. Why does it matter for Murphy and not Hamilton (Who was actually far worse in the summer tournement)? Or Rielly?
Again your last statement, it's a statement, but there's really not arguement behind it. Murphy's the most offensively gifted defensemen, he's the best skater, he's proven to be reliable and even very good defensively this year. Why would you waste your best offensive talent to only play 5 or 6 minutes a game? The 7th defensemen is going to be a guy who can fill any fill, shutdown, even strength, powerplay. Guys like Dumba or Wotherspoon fit that job better.
And Spott is the head coach, if he thinks Murphy should play top 4 minutes, he will play top 4 minutes.
Rielly was actually one of the better defenceman in that tournament. As for Hamilton, he's a returning player and they usually perform better than they did in the previous year, although I don't really want to make excuses for them like you probably will for Murphy. If they play badly then they shouldn't be counted on.
But the fact is, in the super series, Murphy was 1/2 of the defensive pairing that let in 2 goals 30 seconds apart in the third. Something that gave me flashbacks of that epic third period collapse 2 years ago against Russia in the finals. He has those holes in his game. Tell me how I'm suppose feel confident in Murphy's ability when I know that is a possibility.
The 7th dman can be any type of player. In 2008, Subban was the 7th dman brought to be a powerplay specialist. And no, Spott won't go up to the assistant coach whose changing the defence and say "I think Murphy should get more minutes," I don't know why you are using the coach as if Murphy is a teacher's pet or something.
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