NAS, the guy has scored 2 goals since becoming a Leaf in 09-10, he been minus many more times than he's been plus, has taken utterly idiotic penalties and can deflate a team like Dennis Wideman can.
You and Shupe have this bizarre love afair with horrible defenseman like Komi and Dionne, I don't get it.
I bet you phanuef is in discussion for canada. That makes him an elite top dman. In boston hes behind chara. Go around the league and tell me what team hes not a top pairing. Chicago no question. Then go down the other 29 teams. Hes better then any other bruin dman not named chara. He plays high 20 mins a night, is physical, can skate, pass, shot, pk, pp. He plays every situation and can dominate games. Hes on a top pairing on just about any team.
No love affair. I think expectations for him were sky high. Id love to have him bc he is a game changer. Horrible dmen? Clearly you dont understand the game to say this.
An elite top D. No. A great #3, yes. He just makes too many mistakes, and does't take control of a game the way a true #1 should. Who was on the ice when the Bruins stormed back to win Game 7? Dion.
I get to see lots of him, and I am never impressed. He is a very good D, but not a #1. He's on pace for about 32 points, so top 50 D Scoring. Top 20 in +-. Not exactly awe inspiring #s.