Thread: Player Discussion: Simon Despres
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11-22-2013, 06:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Sivek View Post
Engelland and Niskanen were the best of a bad lot. No matter how terrible the goaltending was, at the end of the day, the team gave up 25+ goals in 6-game series. The only other playoff experience he has was last season and he was a minus player in 4 out of 5 games he played with a goalie that wasn't trying to sabotage the team and was particularly poor during the series-changing OT loss to the Bruins.
The fact remains that he was solid. I hate when our fans paint with such a broad brush that they conveniently forget the facts.

Yes, Bort should be playing over Engo. Yes, Engo was bad vs. the Bruins (like no small number of other Pens, most earning millions upon millions more a year).

But no, he's not a bad player, he's a very serviceable bottom pairing guy and a surprisingly effective forward. And no, he hasn't been "pretty damn poor in the playoff games he's played", he's had one good series and one bad one...where nearly all our players have a similar distinction.

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