MrKnowNothing wrote:Here's a request for Jackman from me.
He has been beyond terrible this year, and I can't understand why he has supporters. He scored, but while he was racking up points, the team was pretty hot. Pretty much the entire team was scoring at that time at a good pace.
I highly doubt having him in the lineup right now will create anymore offense. The ONLY player on the entire team who can do that is Crosby.
Jackman is downright awful on defense. There were several plays earlier this year where he played so fundamentally unsound that it was hard to believe he was in the league. One particular play that sticks out in my mind was a two on one where he didn't bother to take the pass or the shot, and completely left Fleury out to dry.
He sucks. He is worse than the 6 they have and that is why he is being scratched. The Pens would be lucky to get a 7th round pick for him. There is a reason that Toronto gave him up for Berehowsky.
I have to agree with everything you say except for the last paragraph. Jackman is among the top 5 in the entire NHL in scoring since he became a Penguin. That isnt just chipping in a few points here and there, that is all-star quality offense we are talking about.
As bad as he is defenseively, and despite his best efforts he is terrible, he isnt that far of a drop off from the current talent poll. That is the frustrating part about it. A closer look reveils that Melichar actually helped make Jackman look like a capable NHL defender by backing him up and allowing Jackman to wonder. Why does Gonchar get Orpik to cover for him and a ton of icetime but fail to produce points? Jackman has been more involved and effective then Gonchar and he hasnt had nearly as much icetime and the guy they used to back him up most of the time was Tarnstrom!
The Pens have been **** with Jackman all season and I don't understand it. There is probably some financial reason behind it like there always seems to be with the team, their probably setting him up for a failed arbitration case for all I know. Jackman and Melichar played as a unit for only 3 games and they stood out (as far as quality pairings go on this team) all 3 games yet both coaches refuse to help Jackman or keep him in a postition of strength that would help him be more effective at his game.
In closing I would just like to reiterate that it isnt so much about Jackmans ability, it's about playing your best players and putting them in the best possible situation to succeed. Whitney,Orpik,Scuderi,Gonchar,Melichar, and Jackman are the teams top 6 defensmen right now. Cairns is your 7th man and CP is a joke for aquireing a 35 year old waste of roster space like Cross.