I have been saying this for a week now on the flyers board, he does not have very much to offer at this point. You will become frusterated everytime he hits the ice on the pk, especially because you guys are used to speed, and puck pusuit while killing penalties which is what makes your unit so good, he is the exact opposite of that.
53.8% at home, 46.8% on the road. 50.3% overall. Anyone know where you can get defensive-zone vs offensive-zone stats?
Why ask? I don't expect to see much of him on the power play or facing off deep in the offensive zone at even strength. Since the team taking a penalty has to start from a faceoff circle near the goaltender he'll be taking many more defensive zone than offensive zone faceoffs if he's serving as a penalty killer. Other than on PK duty he won't get a lot of ice time.
This guy really seems to be a perfect fit. He's played for Pearn, who's spent half his career with JM, so the coaches know the player intimately. He's popular with fans and teammates, no indication he'll be anything but an asset in the room, which seems to be a core issue in the Habs identity right now. He's 6'3 and 210" but he only took 8 mins in penalties, which directly addresses two areas the Habs have unquestionably needed to improve on. He's a C who expects to play on the 4th line and eat up PK minutes, again fitting exactly the Habs most obvious roster weakness.
Thanks Philly. I really think Betts going on waivers saved PG a pick, maybe a 4th rounder like the Leafs paid for a player who is comparable at best. No other waived player so far has come close to being such a good fit for the Habs.