Re: No Monday Morning Quarterbacks!
posted at 2/25/2011 11:08 AM EST
In Response to Re: No Monday Morning Quarterbacks!
Citing Thomas and Chara as elite players should be instructive. Neither is fawned over on this board the way name players from other teams are in the e-harmony trade threads. If you could somehow boil down an average Bruin fan rating for Chara and Thomas, I'd estimate Chara would get a 7.5 and Thomas a 7 - where elite players in the league get 8.5 and up. Nevermind that Chara is a perennial All-Star game participant (this really isn't that important), a 2 time year-end first team all-star (second team twice as well), a Norris Trophy winner etc. etc. Nevermind Thomas as a Vezina winner (all but a lock to win his second this year), first-team all-star, US Olympian and projected starter before the hip injury, or stats. It's the "yeahbuts" that kick them down. Yeah, but Chara occasionally gets pinwheeled by speedy, small forwards, isn't a great passer, isn't great at skating the puck, doesn't get his shot through enough, doesn't hit enough for a guy his size, doesn't have his teammates' backs as much as he should, isn't a vocal leader.... Yeah, but Thomas is unorthodox, doesn't have good technique, is aging, is a former Finnish League all-star, is overpaid, makes easy saves look spectacular, muffs easy shots, gives up clutch goals, isn't great in teh shootout, is a product of a great defensive system, is Tuukka's placeholder. Fact is, yep, in most other rinks, these guys are acknowledged as elite players. The other fact is, in those other rinks, the guys whose names get thrown around here like they're THE ONE are yeahbutted to death. Iginla is over the hill, too much of a perimeter player, not good with his young teammates, not a great leader, not a clutch scorer, unmotivated, lazy.... Nash is inconsistent, untested, selfish, overpaid. Etc. Etc. Nature of the beast. Bring that player here you'd bring the yeahbuts too. You gotta factor that in when fantasizing about how grand it would be have Brad Richards here - I mean just GRAND!
Posted by Bookboy007
Exactly. It is easy to see mistakes in a player's game when we watch every second of every period they play. This type of micro-analysis gets annoying. It is the overall (or macro) results which should be the most important in judging a player....