In my case, I vote for the player who was the worst on the ice during the month. I don't consider expectations, age, time on ice when I vote. Therefore, I go with O'Byrne.
And I think that's where the issue is. What are we voting for?
Should we be taking expectations into consideration? If we flip it around, when people vote for an MVP, expectations are rarely looked at so why do we take them into consideration for LVP?
If we aren't taking expectations into consideration, then Plekanec has no business there, IMO. He hasn't played well, but despite his poor play he still has been more valuable than a lot of guys on the team.
I voted Brisebois, but probably should have put O'Byrne.
As some stated though, i believe it's more beneficial for the team, in the long run, to have O'Byrne learning from his mistakes, rather than have Brisebois making the same mistakes he's made in his 1,000 game career.
Tough call though. I kinda hope Brisebois wins though because I don't want to see O'Byrne's name up there with the likes of Brisebois, Smolinski, Ryder, and Dandenault.
Either way, I'm not a huge fan of this. We are one of the best teams in the league.. and we are trying to find negatives instead of pointing out the positives. 95% of this forum is negative bashing when really, we should be talking about something positive.
Latendresse's speed. Lang's play. Tanguay's goal scoring. Koivu's PPG pace. Markov's chance at a record. Two awesome young goalies, etc, etc.
I vote for Pleks, cause he is supposed to be our top center and he is the most important player that is not playing up to par. He needs to get out of his funk, not sure what his problem is. There was talk during the CJAD broadcast of the last game that Lang may be play with Kovalev if Pleks doesn't snap out of it soon.
I would try these lines for a period, ya never know. I would like to have A kost away from Kovalev and on the right side. These lines could work.
Higgins Lang Kovalev
Lats Koivu Tanguay
S. Kost Pleks A. Kost
Plekanec has been the most disappointing player so far. He's been good defensively but he is struggling offensively. Sometimes he looks like he is one step behind the play in the offensive zone. He plays like a third liner who has pretty much been given the number one center job. He is the player who is struggling the most given the importance of his role.
O'byrne and brisebois are sharing the last d-man spot on the team. They are being asked to bring a little something while not making too many mistakes, o'byrne brings the toughness and brisebois brings some offensive skills with the puck. Dandenault isn't that bad so far and begin is still good on the pk but clearly has lost a lot of jam with all these years of highly physical hockey.
I voted for brisebois. I wish he would simplify his game. I dont want to see him making risky pinches or giving free breakaways. Evaluating Brisebois is like evaluating the refs. The less you notice them, the more satisfied I am.
I voted other as in ''leave the title vacant for this month''. We have an 7-1-1 record since the season started. I don't think anyone needs to get a bucket of crap on their head! That said, I come in peace.