Briere was also producing at more than a PPG for us, can't really complain about defense when you're putting up elite numbers.
I do agree that the Ennis hate is unwarranted though, he's doing exactly what he was drafted to do. Blame Darcy for not acquiring a center that we can count on defensively, Ennis is more suited as a winger IMO, even though he has produced quite well as a center. No one should be complaining about Ennis' game so far though, he's been the most productive player outside of the top line.
Briere scored over a PPG in only two seasons during his entire career. Both were right after the lock out with different rules (2006,2007), one of those years he was injured for half the season, he was 28 and 29 years old respectively, and he played on an incredibly stacked team. The overrating of Briere is quite comical on this forum. I guess we just like to think of the good ole days.
I realize you were agreeing with the previous poster, just pointing out the facts about Briere. I also agree that the hate for Ennis is unreal. The kid is 22 and is putting up points at about a 37 point pace and scoring goals at a 27 goal pace. We are really complaining about that?
Then there are these ridiculous threads about trading Ennis+ for a guy who scored 55 points at the same age and who wants 4-5 million a season to do it.....
To boot, Ennis has shown a flair for showing up in the playoffs in his limited experience. Let him develop. He's doing a pretty good job being our 2nd line center. To put up 12 points in 15 games when your linemates are not finishing (combined shooting percentage of 3%), that is impressive.
Well this year he's been far worse. You obviously can't "prove" it since it's an opinion and maybe you're just being intentionally pedantic as usual, but the objective numbers show that it hasn't been close this season.
Ennis' relative Corsi rating is 18.5 while Hodgson's is 5.4, Hodgson is taking 1.3 penalties per 60 minutes compared to 0.3 for Ennis, and Hodgson has been on the ice for 5.11 GA per 60 minutes compared to 2.57 for Ennis.
Ennis plays against significantly higher quality of opponents and starts in the defensive zone far more than Hodgson. Despite this, he finishes in the offensive zone far more than Hodgson.
Ennis has won 32 out of 60 face-offs in the defensive zone, while Hodgson has won 33 of 79.
So yeah, you can't prove something that is inherently unprovable, but it hasn't been anywhere near close.