Next Captain: Vanek or Ott?
View Single Post
05-23-2013, 05:00 PM
Join Date: Sep 2002
Originally Posted by
Jame, Mike Weber is not a shutdown defenseman. He will probably never be a shutdown defenseman.
This is from a game against the Lightning,
after we traded Regehr
. He was hidden from the Stamkos/St. Louis combination
as much as possible
with Rolston determining the matchups.
In this game against the Islanders, also after the Regehr trade, also at home:
He barely saw Tavares, and was instead matched against the Isles' second and third lines.
Defensive zone starts do not inherently result in a higher quality of competition. Sekera-Ehrhoff was the team's actual shutdown pairing after the deadline.
Did I call him a shutdown defensemen? If I did, I should be more clear with my use of terms... I think there is a difference between a top pairing shutdown defensemen and a defensive pairing used in defensive situations (which would be to shut down the opponent, but the quality of competition would not be that of a true shutdown top pair)
I must have given the wrong impression of my opinion of Weber... I by no means meant he should be matching up against the elites and playing 20+.
But using him heavily in D zone situations against 2nd lines... is a DIFFERENT type of bottom pairing defensemen... as opposed to the offensive 3rd pairing guy who get PP minutes, and needs to be hidden from defensive situations. There is a tendancy to lump these players into the same label "3rd pairing".... i dislike the use of 2nd and 3rd pairing labels for exactly that reason.
View Public Profile
Find More Posts by Jame