After a rough start to his career with the Flyers, I think it is time that he gets some praise. I was not a big fan of his at all, but he has really turned me around. I have friends that still think Alberts is garbage but if you make a point to watch the guy play he has been very good. He's far and away our most physical D-man, and has surprisingly good speed for a guy his size. He fills the roll of a bottom pairing D-man perfectly, as he also takes valuable shifts on the PK. Is he a Norris guy? Haha...no, never. But he's become a very good bottom pairing D-man.
I really dont mind Alberts... but being honest Id rather have Ossi in his place...
I concur. Alberts isn't bad, but I think I like Ossi more than him. Alberts could be a poor man's Def D (like a faster Hatcher) if he used his huge frame to be more physical. If he could do that I think he could be even better.
I've always been hard on him. But it's definitely worth admitting he's playing way above the level I expected him too, solid defenseman, and definitely worth keeping around for his price. His work along the boards has definitely improved.
I don't really know what to say about Alberts. One game he plays really physical and makes no mistakes and the next he makes horrendous defensive zone turnovers. I do not see Ossi making the same blatant mistakes however.
He was brutal to start off with, but then he really picked up his play. It has tailed off a little bit, and he has his occasional screw-up, but I'm okay with that for a bottom pairing guy. I still think the better, cheaper Vaananen should be playing ahead of him, but John Stevens in his infinite wisdom thinks otherwise.
Maybe Ossi wasn't a good locker room guy, who knows. I kind of like what he brought, but there must be something for them to just prefer Alberts/Jones
I was just going to say, I sure do like Alberts attitude out on the ice. He has also been alot more physical these past few games, which I love. On a side note, Coburn was playing with such an edge against LA last night. They both should play like that every night.
I really like Ossi but I have to say that Albie has improved alot since the beginning of the season, even since the games I saw him play up here in Boston... I feel pretty comfortable with our D right now.