netwolf wrote:Referring to Hal Gill as one of this team's top 4 defensemen makes me sad. I never cared for him much before Shero acquired him, but I was happy to see him do well in the playoffs. I'm always for team success ahead of any one player's.
So far this season, he's reverted to the guy I couldn't stand - slow, out of position, and average passing at best. Maybe I'm wrong, but I always thought he was a physical player with a bit of a mean streak. I haven't seen any of that from him this season.
I thought Gill has played well so far, especially on the penalty kill. I think we have seen some of the mean streak. He has come to the defense of Sid numberous times, and well, thats his job. So far this season, the only knock i have on Gill is, he has put at least 2 pucks into his own net.
Right now my defenseman hierarchy (not including Whitney/Gonchar) is:
1. Brooks Orpik
2. Rob Scuderi
3. Hal Gill
4. Alex Goligoski
5. Mark Eaton
6. Daryl Sydor
7. Kris Letang
I really think Letang is aspiring to be the next Defenseman to play at LW. I think he is performing well in the offensive zone, and jumping into plays. But the problem is when he jumps into plays it seems like he tires quickly, and cant perform well in the Defensive zone. Thats what i noticed most in the Rangers game. He jumped into the play alot, and as a result he wasnt great in his own zone. Also another thing, when he jumps into the play, he needs to protect the puck better. There was a play in the Rangers game where he carried the puck into the offensive zone, had just gotten in the zone, and he passed it backwards, and well, nobody was there. Luckily the Rangers didnt score on the 2 on 1 going the other way.