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01-31-2013, 04:59 PM
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The Corey Potter Conundrum

Why is this guy playing so many games?

Potter was one of the worst defencemen in the league last season, with only seven defencemen in the league (with >50 games) getting scored on more often than him at even strength. He didn't kill penalties, he wasn't tough, and he was horrible offensively (outside of a 10 game stretch at the start of the season). He also brought down every defenceman that was partnered with him.

This season, nothing has changed. Potter is bleeding goals against at even strength and making bad plays on the penalty kill. He has been on the ice for four of the six even strength goals against in the four games he has played despite playing bottom pairing minutes. He was also on the ice during the tying goal last night in which he had a chance to clear the zone but blew it. He turns over the puck too much and makes bad pinches. To go along with his horrible defensive play, he has been completely anemic offensively and isn't a physical presence at all.

In the two games that Potter sat out, our bottom pairing wasn't scored on once. Fistric was our toughest player and although he was responsible for a couple of odd man rushes against, he played much better defensively overall than Potter has in his four games. I'm sure Whitney would much rather be partnered with Fistric.

The consensus on these boards seems to be that Potter needs to go. I can't help but feel like some players on the team probably feel the same way. He injured two of his teammates last year and is continuing to bring down the team. There must be some resentment towards him.

So what's the deal?

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