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Grossmann is the worst defenseman on the team
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01-31-2014, 04:06 AM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Overall, this team has 4 bottom pairing D (not including Gill) and 3 play. 2 are relatively better offensively and 2 are relatively better at hits and blocked shots.
Of the two who can block shots and hit, Berube has scratched one and not the other, despite both of their overall games being significantly worse than last season.
They have two D that are consistently better defensively, which are Coburn (at least this year) and Timonen and a second pairing offensive D in Streit.
From Leftwinglock the two most frequent pairings are Coburn/Timonen (22.05%) and Streit/Grossmann (19.94%). Coburn/Streit have been paired only 2.05% of the time despite their being 1 and 2 in average even strength TOI. Timonen is 7th in average even strength TOI on the team.
I would rather Berube try Coburn/Streit and have Timonen play more even strength TOI with any of the 4 bottom pair D in order to cover for their frequent errors. This allows which ever one is playing especially bad to be scratched.
L. Schenn sucking:
If Grossmann and L. Schenn are in, they can substitute for some of Timonen's SHTOI. If one of Grossmann or L. Schenn are out, Streit could have some more 1rst PP time (might be on it next year if Timonen retires) and Mesz take some of Streit's 2nd unit PPTOI. Note: this is only taking a small amount of Timonen's specially team's TOI and not all of it to give him increased ESTOI to cover defensively for whomever he is paired with.
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