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01-26-2013, 03:21 PM
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Ivan13
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Originally Posted by Mike8 View Post
Erik Johnson can't handle top line opposition. With favourable match ups and zone starts, and the most PP time among Colorado defensemen, he could only toss up 26 points. That's bad. He's poor on the penalty kill. He doesn't begin to replace Subban.

I'm not meaning to pick on you here, and I do like Johnson, but he's really a decent second pairing defenseman. I'd like him as a project second pair guy if the club had a stalwart alongside him -- absent that, he's a defenseman that needs to be protected and coddled.

You can argue that he's a project that has the tools, but Subban's a player who's got those same tools and he's already put them together. I'm not exaggerating when I say they're not in the same league; Subban's a capable shut-down defenseman who's strong in transition, can move the puck up the ice, excels on the PK and has some refining to do on the PP but he's already decent there too. He's comfortably a top pairing defenseman, and borderline #1 on a solid club. Really, they may be similar in raw tools, but that's largely irrelevant when one player (who's younger) is actually utilising those tools while the other isn't.

There are no comparable defensemen available in a trade, I don't think. Johnson would come and slide in behind Markov and Gorges and be a nuisance to coach, as he'd be yet another defenseman that needed to be protected.
One question, did you even watch EJ play since he got to Colorado? Because the part of your post where you say he's a poor PKer (when in reality he's the main reason for their improved PK alongsider Varlamov) pretty much proves otherwise. His main forte is the way he plays in his own zone and considering his point totals, he needs a puck mover next to him to be an effective offensive force, sadly he's forced to play with sieves like Wilson, Hunwick or Orr'Brien which basically forces him to play a safe stay at home game, beacuse of the constant need to bail out his partners because of their mental breaks. As a fan of both Avs and Habs I can safely say that a pairing of Markov and EJ would be one of the top pairings in the league.

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