berg is big - we need his size
there will be enough skill guys coming up the next few yrs
They're all big and they're all physical.
That said, I chose berg. He's been very good for us this season and has improved his physical play from last season quite a bit. Jackman has a better skillset than Berg but he's just very poor positionally and looks lost out there - a good teaching coach would do wonders for him. Marchment's mobility and offensive game doesnt compare to Berg's.
I don't recognize any of the players in your poll, so far as I'm aware not are under contract with the Leafs or any other NHL team.
That said, Marchment > Berg > Jackman
That is unless Marchment decides to go back to his old habits and go insane on the ice, in which condition I'd go with Berg.
Interesting to see how opinions change, before the season a large number had Jackman labeled a #4 D-Man or very near.
Then again, he's underperformed my own less then optimistic projections also.
No one was more a proponent of Jackman than I have been. And my tune has not changed. I think his game has slid in the last 10 games for sure. But I still believe he is a keeper. I just voted based on who I felt has been playing the best so far. That first goal against anaheim was brutal on Jackman's behalf - he needs to be sat down to think hard about he needs to play better in his own end.
No chance do I give up on the guy though. No chance. I want to see him play another 2 years for Toronto. Then make the call.
From what I see Jackman has only 1 major flaw in his game right now - defenseive position - the hardest aspect of the game to grasp at full speed. He rarely makes a bonehead play or pass like Berg or Cross or Gill or McCoun etc. used to at their worst. He shows good offensive upside and toughness.
He was the Leafs' leading scorer in the 1963–64, 1966–67 and 1969–70 seasons, and the team's top goal scorer in 1970–71 and 1972–73. Keon was considered one of the fastest skaters in the NHL, and one of the best defensive forwards of his era. He would usually play against the opposing team's top centre, and developed a reputation for neutralizing some of the league's top scorers. In 1970–71, he scored eight shorthanded goals, setting an NHL record.