Jack Johnson is two years younger and always seems to be on the verge of putting it all together.
Dion Phaneuf started his career like a gunshot but regressed sharply. That said, he seems to be picking himself back up.
Personally, I think I take Johnson as he's more dynamic and seems like a better teammate (though I know Phaneuf is captain). I think this season (if it ever happens) will tell the story, but I'm picking Johnson more on what I think he'll still become than what he is.
Clearly if we go based on career thus far it's Phaneuf in a landslide.
Clearly a quality article from an impartial author -
Wouldn't you hate an overhyped POS that your team might be convinced to trade valuable things for?
Originally Posted by Vankiller Whale
That might have more to do with adding Carter than losing Johnson, though.
The with/without numbers are from the San Jose series the year before the trade. When JJ was on the ice the Kings were recording less than 1/3 of all scoring chances, whereas without him that climbs to above 4/9, a realm where a goalie could steal enough games to win the series.
Phaneuf in a very, very easy decision. I've said it many times that Jack Johnson has some of the worst hockey sense in the NHL, his tremendous physical talent doesn't make up for the fact he doesn't know how to play the game very well.