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03-06-2013, 11:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Frolov 6'3 View Post
Should we forget all the previous 20 games now ?

He has a nice 2 game streak and even then there were some things to whine about. I dont expect games like yesterday on a regular base, that would be unfair. Less sloppy, more mistake free would be great though. We'll see how his play continues.
Last 20 games? He has played in 18 games during this his rookie season.


Muzzin ranks 3rd among all NHL rookie D in scoring with 7.
He ranks 2nd among all rookie D men in +/- with +6.

Here are the stats of Muzzin's last 7 games. I chose to start here because this is where/when he began seeing a significant increase in his ice time. To me he is doing very well for a guy who projects to be a 4/6 dman who can skate pretty well, play a little physically and pitch in on O from time to time.

MAR 5 '13 STL @ LAK 2 1 3 2 23:06
MAR 4 '13 NSH @ LAK 0 0 0 1 18:11
MAR 2 '13 LAK @ VAN 0 1 1 0 22:43
FEB 27 '13 DET @ LAK 0 0 0 1 19:11
FEB 25 '13 ANA @ LAK 1 0 1 0 20:53
FEB 23 '13 COL @ LAK 0 0 0 1 19:15
FEB 20 '13 LAK @ CGY 0 0 0 -1 18:05

He is a rookie and rookie's, especially D rookies are prone to making mistakes as they learn their way in the NHL. Should we expect Muzzin to play like he was a veteran or had played more than 28 games over 2 NHL seasons or should we except him for what he is.

Muzzin is proving he not only belongs in the NHL but with proper guidance he can become a solid 4/6 dman on an excellent team and that is enough for me.

By the way, here are Muzzins last 20 games.


MAR 5 '13 STL @ LAK 2 1 3 2 23:06
MAR 4 '13 NSH @ LAK 0 0 0 1 18:11
MAR 2 '13 LAK @ VAN 0 1 1 0 22:43
FEB 27 '13 DET @ LAK 0 0 0 0 19:11
FEB 25 '13 ANA @ LAK 1 0 1 0 20:53
FEB 23 '13 COL @ LAK 0 0 0 1 19:15
FEB 20 '13 LAK @ CGY 0 0 0 -1 18:05
FEB 19 '13 LAK @ EDM 0 0 0 0 16:05
FEB 17 '13 LAK @ CHI 0 0 0 0 15:49
FEB 15 '13 CBJ @ LAK 0 0 0 0 15:49
FEB 7 '13 LAK @ NSH 0 0 0 0 15:45
FEB 5 '13 LAK @ CBJ 0 0 0 0 9:49
FEB 2 '13 LAK @ ANA 0 0 0 -1 12:21
JAN 31 '13 NSH @ LAK 0 0 0 0 15:58
JAN 28 '13 VAN @ LAK 0 0 0 0 13:56
JAN 26 '13 LAK @ PHX 1 1 2 4 11:57
JAN 24 '13 LAK @ EDM 0 0 0 0 7:51
JAN 22 '13 LAK @ COL 0 0 0 0 15:23
NOV 17 '10 CBJ @ LAK 0 0 0 -1 9:06
NOV 13 '10 NYI @ LAK 0 0 0 0 16:14

That makes him +5 over his past 20 games with 7 points instead of +6 with 7 points. Still better than average for NHL rookie Dmen who have proven that they have NHL skillsets and that they belong in the NHL.

Nobody has come in and said that Muzzin is the next Orr or Coffey or Stevens or Robinson or anyone else. Only that he (JM) is doing pretty well while being forced to come in and help replace two highly thought of established veteran NHL Dmen.

He makes his mistakes but he has proven that he belongs out there and is doing a good job. He is a rookie and projects to be a 4/6dman so at his best his upside is as a third pairing Dman who can play up if needed and become a solid addition to an NHL team.

Finally there is one more telling stat for rookie Dmen and that is penalty minutes. Muzzin has a total of 6 penalty minutes in 28 NHL games. If he were struggling so mightily at his position he would more than likely be raking up the penalty minutes as that is what tends to happen to dmen when they are struggling.

Muzzin is doing just fine, he has a way to go but he is doing fine.


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