Big-Ted Posted July 11, 2010 Report Share Posted July 11, 2010 You listed his strengths, protects the puck well (he's very strong with the puck for the most part) so that includes moving the puck, of course. His physicality is OK, adequate, nothing special but he's not Markov either. He will fill out and get stronger so it's possible that improves, although it won't ever be his game. He's mistake prone though, at times he makes terrible decisions with the puck, he tries to do too much, he gets caught up ice (his speed helps make that a bit less of a concern but to a point) and quite often he blew defensive zone coverage after his call up. I understand his strengths, I do like him and believe he can contribute in the right role immediately but the people overrating him now are just building him and themselves up likely for the same let down they had with Carey. It's a tough position to learn, especially defensively at the NHL level and in Jacques Martin's system. Guys with his raw tools can get by but really best case scenario he's a PP guy and a 2nd pairing guy 5 on 5 because of his puck moving this season. Sure, I agree that this year his role will likely be to be a #3 or 4 guy but I don't doubt he will get big PP minutes and be on the ice in the dying moments of games we are trailing. His D is far from being great, but I still think he is ahead of guys like Komisarek, OB, or even Markov WHEN THEY BROKE INTO THE LEAGUE. He has as much defensive ability as any of those guys did and those guys were in some cases defensive specialists. As I said, his trying to do too much will improve with age. I don't expect him to lead the team this year, but I think he will easily be a #1 defenceman in 2-3 years and I would rather take the chance and wrap him up in the next couple of years to a long-term contract rather than wait for him to establish himself and ask for a 6 million dollar contract. Everything's a risk but I would take that chance. Look at the teams that are succeeding... Chicago, Pittsburgh, Washington, Philly... they all have young key guys under contract for several years and are building the extra pieces around that. With the cap, you can't wait for guys to become great and waste all your cap space paying them, you need to take that chance and lock up your drafted talent. Looking at the Habs, for me, that means first and foremost Subban and then guys like Price, Eller, Cammalleri, etc... you can disagree on the names, but as a GM you need to decide who your core guys are going to be for the next 5-6 years and build around that. For me, PK is the closest thing we have to being a guy we can build a winner around. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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