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01-31-2014, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Damaged Goods View Post
Even when adjusted for zone starts...

Grossmann is:

-7th out of 7 Flyers D in GF%
-7th out of 7 in SF%
-7th out of 7 in FF%
-And 7th out of 7 in CF%


And his issues with zone clearance are nothing new. This study from a year ago finds him 14th-worst in the league in that department:



http://www.hockeyprospectus.com/puck...che=1362268029
I've felt for a while now that Grossmann was a relatively solid defender, that would fit in well on a good team as a 2nd/3rd pairing guy, and that we were just asking him to do to much.

His inability to move the puck is a major liability, but we're also watching him play through the worst month of his career at the moment. Sometimes players slump. Remember the beginning of the year when people were suggesting we strip Giroux of the C, or trade him? It happens to everyone. I'd still rather see him in the lineup over Mez, especially with the kind of competition he faces. Just give him time and hope he rebounds to his norm.

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