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01-12-2013, 12:05 PM
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Well, common sense would lead me to believe that most people would recognize potential franchise defensemen when they see them, but through my various internet travels I've come to realize that's not the case.
He plays 25 minutes a game against the toughs (with lousy zone starts), with very impressive results, and can also run the powerplay. He has almost the same P/PG as Drew Doughty, on a MUCH worse team - and is only 23.
At least it's good to know it's not just Oilers fans who undervalue their best players.
It's not undervaluing him, he just needs to get to another level before I will consider him a superstar. PK has impressed me a lot, I bought his jersey because I believe he will be here for the long run. He does log top 20 in minutes and was effective. He also did get a good value of points to be a top 30 in that department.
He isn't the best on the PP yet. He can't run the PP, and he isn't that effective scoring on the PP. I don't believe last year was his fault, he was really trying to get things working but he didn't have the cast to help him. No Markov to gain the zone, and even Gomez was useful on past seasons to gain the zone on the PP.
The two things PK needs to work on would be consistency and PP. He really isn't far away from being a superstar, I just don't see him there yet. He has the tools to get there, that's why this contract is tough. He deserves a long term contract but at the same time it ties our hands. Marc had the best idea to just sign him to an extension after 3 years if he gets a 4 year deal, which I think works best for everyone at this point.
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He's actually been better defensively than offensively. At least last year, he was a beast at even strength.
On the PK also. I know his stats aren't that telling since he plays a high tempo game. The only thing I want from him is to find consistency.
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