Exhibit A as to how hockey doesn't matter on ESPN:
Last night an ESPN program was discussing how the Detroit Pistons needed a hero citing the heroes on the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions and no mention of the Detroit Red Wings. All this despite the Red Wings probably being the most succesful team in Detroit right now.
Athletically, sure, he can do incredible things... But he actively hurts his team every time he's on the ice. He is consistently DESTROYED in puck possession, scoring chances, shots, and goals.
I would rather have Ehrhoff at $6m/yr than Jack Johnson at $1.5m/yr. Did nobody notice how much better the Kings got when he stopped being a dead weight on their team? After they jettisoned him and added a great possession player in Carter, they outshot 15 teams in a row by a combined 452-302 - and 13 of those 15 teams were playoff teams.
Last year the Blue Jackets were actually respectable in puck possession (at roughly the midway point of the year, after game #46, the Blue Jackets were actually outshooting the opposition overall), but the season was lost with poor puck luck when shooting and awful goaltending (Mason has is clearly not an NHL goaltender but Howson kept going back to that well).. This year, with Johnson leading the team in ice time, they've been pulverized and sit last in the league by a mile.
Johnson does all the things that make you go "wow, look at that!" and yet at the end of the day, he's ruined his teams chances at a win. I don't mean to disrespect people who voted for him, but seriously, he's absolutely awful.
When Wisniewski is paired with Johnson, the Jackets control the puck roughly 46.6% of the time. When Johnson loses the defensive stability of Wisniewski, the team drops to 39.6%. Let that sink in - James Wisniewski is pulling Jack Johnson up defensively by a lot!
Dorsett doesn't improve without Jack Johnson, because Dorsett isn't a very good hockey player. Umberger, Brassard, and Foligno all see massive increases away from JJ, and massive drops when they're on the ice with him.
Last edited by eklunds source: 02-13-2013 at 01:31 PM.
If the Canucks still had Ehrhoff, the Sedins would have gotten more then 90 points last year, and the Canucks would have had a top 3 powerplay in the leauge. That's how much the Canucks miss him.
Christin Ehrhoff easily.
And if Ehrhoff still had the Sedins, he would have put up 50 Points last year.
Ehrhoff has taken the experience and opportunity he got with us and has continued to develop it into a better two-way game. Really starting to proven himself as one of the better offensive Dmen in the league.
That being said, Johnson is younger, is still developing as a go-to guy and has some pretty good upside on both sides of the puck.