What Does This Team Have To Do To Return To Greatness?
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02-07-2013, 10:01 AM
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Johnson will never be on the level of the Pietrangelos, Webers, and Doughtys of the league. That's one reason why St. Louis deemed him expendable. Regardless, he's still a legitimate top-pairing defender a team can build around. I've said before that the Canucks have proven that you can build a top-notch defense without that coveted #1 guy who can do it all. Fact is, EJ can't do it all. His offensive upside is clearly limited, but he's as solid in the defensive zone as any blueliner we've ever had.
********. When EJ gets pissed off and just goes out and imposes his will all over the ice he's as unstoppable as anyone in the NHL rushing the puck up ice and joining the forwards down low. He makes good smart passes and that shot is massive if he ever learns to make space for it to get to the net. Problem is EJ needs a partner he's not cleaning up for, someone to free him up to go out and get involved in the play, and someone who has the skills to create space for EJ's shot. He needs his suter, and then he can be even scarier than Weber.
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