But he's a weak defenseman who always gives the puck away and never stops the first shot. His goaltender must've been awesome.
What would I know, I'm just a dump Leaf fan.
I heard Kaberle showed a lot of poise as he went up to accept the Trophies, but he quickly and precisely passed them off to his teammates, rather then shoot himself any praise for his accomplishments...
Kaberle doesn't have a very hard shot that he would be able to blow by goaltenders, it definitely is not his strength.
If there are a lot of goalies that are going to have 40 foot shots blown by them then the NHL isn't the league for them. If he can get it to the net, that's all that matters. The only thing he needs to be able to do is get it past the winger defending him.
Nice piece of evidence for we who defend Kaberle. His dropoff in his last year in Toronto made it tough for us - maybe he will bring some of this enthusiasm back to Canada next year and make it easier to defend the defenseman.
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That is the cliche but the low percentage shot is also giving up control of the puck in the offensive zone. Kaberle has a lot of points from playing it his way by trying for the open man instead.
It's also giving an opportunity for a deflection, rebound or goal. It depends on the situation. Kaberle likes to find the open man but there are plenty of times when he has a screen or someone in front when he should shoot. I believe he lacks confidence in his shot to do so.
I'm sure there were more than 88 times last year when TK had a change for a better then "low percentage" shot. A lot more.