Underrated- Brian Lee
the way Lee came off that 20 game scratch was remarkable and was by far one of the most consistent D-man we had in the second half of the season, he does not get the credit that he deserves on this team, i hope he has a good season next year!
i think Rundblad gets overrated on these boards way to much! Dont get me wrong he will be great for us.. Just don't expect anything AMAZING his first year (like 50-70 points) He will probably have some growing to the NA game first. He will be a great D-man in our future but just give him some time and lets see what happens.
- underrated- Foligno
- overrated- Anderson
Past - Mike Fisher (3rd line center given 2nd line icetime and salary)
Present - David Rundblad (he'll probably start in the AHL with his lack of any kind of defensive game)
Past - Magnus Arvedson (short career but was a Selke cantidate winger)
Present - Peter Regin (he had a sophomore slump in a year where every player on the team underachieved, he can rebound)
wasn't that the same time his mother died, he was never the same after that.
That's the intangible explanation. A tangible explanation might assume that since the 2006 training camp where he hurt his groin, kept playing through it, looked like he was skating with a piano on his back, kept playing through it... has never looked the same since.
Regardless, my point was that he was never a great offensive D-man or a great defensive D-man. He ate minutes on a great team and for that, got undeserved Norris votes for a few years.
Originally Posted by OmniSens
Now - O'Brien
I don't hear anybody talking about him.
Originally Posted by MattSens65
Does anybody else feel this way about him or is it just me and Sens mile?
I do too, but apparently some mid-20's, adrenaline filled rookies playing a month and a half of meaningless games down the stretch will replace him handily.
most overrated: Karlsson - somehow he gets a pass on not being able to play defence
most underated: Michalek - The only time he didn't play well was when he could barely skate.
These choices are based on impressions from this board, and the fact that Karlsson has been anointed the second coming, and Michalek is some "old" guy that can be replaced, most likely by some guy who has never proved himself in the NHL.
Karlsson doesn't get a pass - he just gets credit for the fact that most defenders come into the league at 23 or 24, having learned the game in the minors. Karlsson's skill level is so high that he can contribute immediately in a meaningful way. Given time, he may well emerge into a Norris candidate.