Re: Bruins reassign Warsofsky and Nick Johnson to Providence
posted at 12/25/2013 2:20 AM EST
In response to chetgnat's comment:
Warsofsky looked better than expected, but that was a perfect cup-of-coffee that can keep him hungry back down in Providence.
What a weird, 180-degree shift in defensive personality for this team from the-puck-is-like-a-grenade type of physical, defensive defensemen (Chara, Seidenberg, Boychuk, Ference, McQuaid, Stuart, etc.) , to puck-moving, pinching, agile, offensive-minded defensemen (Krug, Dougie, Bart, Warsofsky (,Kampfer)).
Of course non of the young offensive-minded D have won a Stanley Cup, so all of these developments are still short-term and maybe "regular season specific", but the dramatic difference in playing style is surprising. Perhaps that is simply the natural evolution of defensemen in the NHL. Perhaps the offensive types "show" earlier, and the tougher, Stanley Cup-winning defensive defensemen take longer to develop, and for that reason, can never be accurately predicted.
It will be interesting to watch the coach and the GM finding ways to test the young kids in the next few months to see who can be counted on to come through when the going gets tough in the playoffs.
I think it just has to do with the Bruins drafting midgets the past few years. I don't even know the last big defenseman they drafted. Probably Lashoff? The good thing is that I don't think these guys sacrifice much defense, as they are more likely to get the puck out of the zone (best defense is a good offense), and they make up for power with speed. They can make some plays that McQuaid/Boychuk/Seidenberg can make, and vice versa.
As for whoever commented on the forwards.....Spooner is obviously a boss, but I think Fraser has been pretty good. Serviceable, at the very least. Johnson hasn't impressed very much, and Caron just needs to go....flat out. Very occasionally, he'll have a game where I think "Hey, you know what? He might be a top 9 guy", but I think I'm finally over it. I wish they drafted Marcus Johansson.