Fayne is our best defensive dman. his game is virtually flawless. you never really hear people complaining about him. but larsson is going to be great. he was great for most of last year. he should be playing IMO. scratch zidlicky. Tbh i dont really care for the way sal has played this year. hes made some mistakes. other then those 2 dmen everyones played fine. cant bench sal cuz hes our captain. zidlickys our best offensive dman. so its hard to find playing time for larsson
Just because he barely plays (ehh) and gets close to zero PP time, people are also forgetting how good his shot is. Both wrist shot/slap shot. Isn`t the strongest one in the world, but it`s accurate and hard enough. All he needs is more time and confidence. Wait and watch.
No disrespect to Hamilton, but I don't get all the hype. Didn't he play in this years World Juniors, because I could swear I watched him play and he did not impress at all.
Matteau didn't impress or make the team either. Hamilton is playing well in the NHL. That's all that matters. I've kept a close eye on him because I wanted him in 2011 if Larsson was gone. I'm very high on him and it seems like Julien and the Bruins are in love with his game.
I don`t think he`s gonna consistently put up that many points. He`s a poor man`s Pietro and even he can`t get crazy numbers on a stacked team.
And I agree with tycobb, Larsson should put up more than 40p in his prime, on regular basis.
At first I thought you were talking about Larsson being a poor man's Pietro. I feel better now that I actually read what you wrote.
I'm on the "WHOOO POINTS FOR LARSSON!" train. I see him a lot like Hedman. They both have very underrated (at least these days, for Hedman) offensive skill imo because they entered the league and were expected to play defense before offense. Hedman's offense shined in the KHL and it's starting to blossom in Tampa as well, and I think Larsson's gonna have the same sorta path.
Call me crazy, but I could see Larsson pushing 60 points in his best year. He's just got that vision to make things happen effortlessly. However, if Merrill and Gelinas both end up in Jersey (which I'm not saying is likely), and they end up on the top PP, it's gonna be more difficult for Larsson to have those big point seasons.
I'd rather have him in NJ, getting time with DeBoer and Stevens than to go play for an Albany team that is not so great.
This way he's game-ready in the NHL system as opposed to adjusting from the AHL.
Over a short term, of course. Not an extensive period of time.
Agreed. Especially because we know Larsson will get into a lot of games this season, it makes no sense to send him down. Better to develop him here, rotating him into games.
Originally Posted by Devils86
You just made my point...I agree with you totally. I think hes going to be just the player you described. I'm arguing that hes exactly who you said. People on this board think hes the next coming and i havent seen that. My entire point is hes not the type of player like EK and not quite the type(style not skill) of player many thought he was when he was drafted last year.
Players like the ones he described are not easy to find either. Larsson is going to be a defenceman who quietly controls the entire flow of the game when he is on the ice. That is a #1, and it's a rare and valuable skill. I'm not expecting him to be an offensive dynamo, I'm expecting him to be a solid two-way positional defenceman. He will put up points, just it will be around 30-40 points instead of the 50-60 people want.