Re: If PK wins the Norris
posted at 4/17/2013 2:59 PM EDT
In response to kelvana33's comment:
In response to dezaruchi's comment:
If he wins the Norris it'll be official that playing in your own end no longer really matters for a D man. Good on him being such a weapon on the PP but I've never seen a player with such a high percentage of points with the extra man. On the other side of the coin, PK is sixth among Habs D men when they are a man down. Which game situation seems more indicative of what you should expect of the game's best defenseman? I'll take a shutdown guy like Chara or Suter or Weber every time.
I think he's better defensivley than you suggest. Him not having as much minutes on the penalty kill has more to do with his ice time in other situations. They do lead the league in power play oppurtunties, which he is out there for a pretty significant amount of time. he is averaging over 23 mins a game, and has a couple of game where he plyed over 30 minutes.
The fact his offense outshines his defense means nothing to me. Hes good offensively and bc he is he is able to get out of his own zone. He plays top minutes. I dont think being young or arrogant-cocky means he shouldnt win the award. To me he should win this year. Hes played great. I think he has some room to grow playing in his own end but hes above avg in his own end bc of his overall game.
- skating is above avg. grapes called him the best skating dman in hockey. Not sure i agree as EK owns that
- passing is above avg
- shot blocking is good
- physical game is definitely there. i dont like a big chunk of it but he hits
- both ends he is above avg and excels in offensive side of game.
- kills pims, anchors amazing pp, plays big minutes
his numbers are better then i thought but i watched a lot of him this year and to me he is the winner. It might be bc guys like webber, chara have had off yrs.
this entire dez vs shupe debate was great hockey talk. In most instances i would agree that you need time before crowning someone. I just felt that from what i saw before the year started that hes a special player. He is a driven player. He wont let himself have an off year. I hate his act but i think hes a stud.
I promise i wont nah nah nah dez if he wins. I didnt think hed be in the running this year. For me he is the best defenseman this year.