Thread: OT: Jason Garrison
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02-21-2013, 03:10 AM
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Originally Posted by orcatown View Post
Expectations for Garrison were way too high. Was suppose to come in and be a force on the power play. However, looked awkward and ineffective and was fairly quickly jettisoned off the power play and has not been used there since early in the season. Looks evident now that much of what he did in Florida offensively resulted from playing with a truly gifted player in Campbell.

I think it is becoming evident that Garrison is not a great skater. There is little smoothness to his play and he has to labour to make plays. I think this really shows up when he is forced to chase pucks dumped into his corner. He unable to turn fast enough or get to the puck quick enough to give himself space and time to make a play. Everything turns into a chase and puck battle in the corner. As a result the Canucks end up playing a lot in their own end when Garrison is out. I think this deficiency has been picked up by other teams and they try to exploit it.

The other problem here is that in order to try to provide himself time Garrison cheats a bit at the blueline and thus gives up the blue line line too easily.

Up to this point Garrison has been playing off his back heel and ends up mostly just trying to keep the puck to the outside and scramble the puck out of his end. He really cannot join the rush or get playing down hill in the middle ice or offensive end.

In the pre-season he had groin issues and that might explain some of the lack of mobility. However, could well be that Garrison is what he is - a pretty marginal NHL player.

I don't think anyone is making any final conclusions on Garrison but up to this point he has be a disappointment. As it is, looks like Tanev is being moved into the top 4 and Garrison to the last pairing.
I agree with a lot of this actually.

But i do think that Garrison is more than a 'marginal NHLer'. Locking up this many LH-only defenders is something i suggested would be a problem before Garrison was brought on board...and i also really questioned his play in the same sense as Hjalmarsson looked really good alongside Campbell. That guy is honestly probably the most underrated defenceman in the league. He's a strange and unique example of a 'rover' who actually makes his partner look better.

As for Garrison here...his skating is definitely an issue. It's not even about straight line speed (which isn't great), but about his lateral mobility and change of direction, acceleration, and yes...the fluidity of what he's doing. He is easily the worst skater in our top-6 by a wide margin. He's clunky, awkward, and at times looks like his skates are weighted with concrete. And it legitimately creates problems for the whole team.

Originally Posted by Bleach Clean View Post
Nah, I think you made your final conclusion when you pushed his name for a buyout candidate in the GDT.

Question: How does a "marginal NHLer" get the 2nd toughest minutes on the team and still be a plus possession player?

Garrison's reads are slower than you would like, but I don't think his skating is a hindrance. He moves pretty well for his size. Choppy stride yes, but not a detriment. There's no poise in his game though, and that unsettles people. He "looks" worse than his results would indicate.

I think this move to the bottom pairing is just AV at his absolute worst. He needs to point at himself as a direct culprit to the way the team played the last game. Scapegoating others isn't going to move the attention away from himself.
I don't understand how an unsettling lack of poise isn't a problem though. He has looked slow to read and react to plays...slow to change directions and accelerate towards loose pucks...slow to alter reads when things go wrong...and he hasn't shown any real 'puck moving' ability to this point. It's off the wall and out...3rd pairing style with him an awful lot of the time.

I am willing to give him time to adjust takes most d-men time to figure out what they're supposed to do here...but to say that he hasn't been very underwhelming for a $4.6M NTC defenceman is silly at this point.

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