Kunitz is good defensively, but isn't a guy who shuts down opposition players. His real skill on defense lies in his ability to transition from defense to offense and make quality exits consistently. These are things that make your coach happy but don't really resonate with Selke voters.
Last edited by spcastlemagic: 03-11-2013 at 07:51 AM.
Kunitz is decent defensively for sure, but not Selke quality in my opinion. Could be wrong, but I don't see him as a take-away maestro. Also, it seems every now and then he just misses his assignment and the guy he is supposed to be guarding has a free tap in.
Like someone said earlier, Kunitz's defensive strength is in breaking the enemy's cycle and transitioning from defense to offense quickly and consistently. While this does make him an efficient defensive forward, the things that Selke voter look for are shot blocking, clear takeaways, especially in the neutral zone, penalty killing and plus/minus, and Kunitz only stands out in one of these four aspects.
Quality of opposition, too. Forgot that. He doesn't get defensive zone starts against tough opponents.