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10-28-2013, 12:30 PM
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He needs to work on his foot speed and decision making. Right now, both of those are awful. So the consensus here is to only deploy him when we have a lead and protect him when we don't? What kind of thinking is that? He should be able to handle all situations.
His foot speed needs work... his decision making, especially defensively and on outlets is ok.
Ottawa don't put out Karlsson when they are a few goals up as much as they usually do, ditto Pitt with Letang, Campbell in Florida.
Players have different roles.
The Flyers have needed goals almost exclusively all year, so it is natural guys who have more potential offence play more.
Kimmo, Streit, Coburn and Gus lead in minutes on D, which reflects that really (Coburn is getting 2 less minutes than he has been in the last few years.) Schenn has been underplayed still though, but his minutes being down are understandable... just not by that much.
There are not many guys that play all situations up and down the league. (1st unit PK, 1st unit PP, 23+ mins a night.)
Chara, Keith, Seabrook, Weber, Suter, Pietrangelo, Ekman-Larsson and Subban are pretty much the only guys in the league who play all situations.
That is why those guys are considered to be the best D men in the NHL... and would cost any team wanting one of them an arm and a leg.
(Well, Dion Phaneuf and Kronvall I am sure do as well... and Kimmo a few years back, but they are a cut below really.)
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