Grossmann is the worst defenseman on the team
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01-31-2014, 02:21 AM
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And "safe flaws" are fine when you are not talking about a guy who is a -18 at ES through 54 games.
The article's thesis still applies even when you are talking about players of lesser caliber.
He spent a lot of time on the first pairing. Bump him down to the 3rd. See if he can turn things around there. He's spent a decent amount of time being solid in his stint here, it would behoove the team to try and get him back on track.
While it's certainly better to have a defensively reliable puck mover, I'll take a defensively reliable guy over someone like Mez who produces turnovers at a higher rate than anybody else on the team, and who isn't at all capable of covering for those mistakes.
Benching Grossmann for playing poorly defensively, for a guy who's even worse defensively before at least trying easy minutes doesn't make sense.
It would be grand to have that defensively reliable PMD to replace the pure defensive specialist in Grossmann, but that just isn't happening this season. Mez isn't reliable enough to be that guy.
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