Thread: Speculation: Buff Too Big?
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06-11-2013, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by koth View Post
It's easy to play hard for a good team that is on a Stanley Cup run, like the Blackhawks were a few years ago. Playing hard for a poor team, like the Jets currently are, is a lot more difficult.
Also when you're playing for that first big contract.

Originally Posted by Huffer View Post
That's true, playing the most minutes on the Jets last year should be taken with a grain of salt.

But being tied for 9th in D scoring and 3rd in even strength D scoring stands on its own.

I think Buff suffers from unrealistic expectations sometimes. We see this big, smooth skating D man, and all wonder how great he would be if he consistently played a physical game, and lockdown defense as well.

Well, a guy who is top 3 or 5 in D scoring that plays physical and plays lockdown defense would be a perennial Norris nominee / winner, and probably a future hall of famer.

If Buff was a 6 foot, 200 lbs, smooth skating offensive D with average defensive abilities, but was consistently in the top 3 or 5 of defensive scoring and winning back to back all-star awards, would people be complaining as much that he wasn't also adding lockdown defense on top of that?
If you could so clearly see the ability to do it, if he just dedicated himself to the game? Yes. Yes absolutely people would still complain.

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