Though I don't think he should have won the Calder and I hate the music, this video pretty much shows you know jack about Phaneuf. I feel ashamed for even responding to this, but I wanted to post the video anyway, CUZ HE'S AN ABSOLUTE MONSTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He is, he is bad defensively right now, like most young defenseman, but I think he will develop into a top end offensive guy who is solid in his own zone, he has way more potential than people think IMO.
Meszarous is a great young defenseman. I am a huge fan of is, I see simularities to a young Lidstrom. Plays exactly the same way Lidstrom did when he came into the league though Lidstrom was more of a game breaker at his age. I think the tools are there. Anyhow Meszarous is not much better then J-BO, at 22 years old J-Bo broke out with 46 points and played 25 minutes a night in all situations. I think Meszarous has more upside then J-Bo but as of right now the better defenseman in J-BO. Dont kid yourself.
Could you tell me in what way (even one single way) that M-E-S-Z-A-R-O-S plays like Lidstrom?
Their styles are entirely different, their bodies are entirely different.
Yes, I am an Isles fan. Probably the reason he slipped to the 7th round in the draft is his size. He's not the big, 6-3, 6-4 defenseman that everyone likes; he's more in the Scott Niedermayer build. He had a very solid rookie season in the NHL going 9-25-34 in 80 games. His +/- wasn't that great, but remember at the end of the season all the injuries the rest of the team had. His best asset is his skating ability, he glides on the ice. Good, sneaky wrist shot that is fairly accurate. The way the game is played now, without the hooking and holding, is made for the way he plays the game.
I saw him play in Bridgeport in his first season as a pro, the year that we all try and forget (damn you Goodenow for taking a season from us), he and Bruno Gervais were the Sound Tigers' 2 best D, Campoli being more steady out there. Probably going to develop into very solid PP QB and second pairing D, scored on first NHL shot in first NHL game.