Good post. In addition to the ice time, he's also inexplicably facing tougher competition than Willie Mitchell this season. Makes zero sense. IMO that contract is really going to hurt them long-term. Voinov looks to already be a better player, at least at even strength.
Yeah this. They are both decent defensemen but certainly not players you build a team around.
Outside of the already established defencemen, that a team would build around, who are the young defencemen you think have shown enough that they should be built around? Just for the record, the Avs are building their defense around EJ.
People are misconstruing failing to live up to draft expectations with being a bad defenceman. Has EJ lived up to his pre-draft hype of perennial Norris defender? Hell no. Is he still a good defenceman who has shown improvement, and that he is on the path to becoming a very good number one defenceman? On many occasions. There is still A LOT of value in these types of players.
As for whoever it was who said the Avs have better defencemen than Johnson, they simply don't. Johnson started slow and is becoming better and better, while guys like Quincey started great and are becoming worse and worse.