jimreb wrote:I think people on here seriously undervalue the talents of one Kris Letang.
I agree. Sometimes, when I read the off-the-wall observations of many of our fans, I seriously wonder if we're even talking about the same sport?
Look, Kris Letang has holes in his game and he is never going to make anyone forget about Nik Lidstrom or Bobby Orr. His decision making and his positioning can be erratic at times. However, to call him a "mediocre defenseman" or to assert that he's not even the best D on his own team, well, that's just sheer nonsense.
Letang can skate as well as just about any D in the league. He also usually makes a good first pass out of his own zone. Additionally, Letang has terrific vision and he often generates odd man rushes for the Penguins though his assortment of skills. In his own end, the guy is strong, tenacious and feisty. I'm sorry but that is a TREMENDOUS package that VERY few players possess and I'll live with the occasional bad decision to reap its rewards.
In my mind, Letang is OBVIOUSLY the Pens' third most valuable asset behind Crosby and Malkin. To be honest, I can't even think of anyone who is close to challenging him for that spot - including Fleury and Neal.