Jesse wrote:And then say because he doesn't score enough goals, he's 4th line material. That's honestly one of the most bizarre things I've ever read.
I quoted the numbers in the feature I did in Pittsburgh Magazine this month. Sutter's goals against per 60 minutes of even strength ice time was 1.16. That's class of the NHL. Those numbers aren't magically pulled out of thin air. Sutter/Cooke faced the most difficult competition the opposition could provide to the Penguins and did a completely fantastic job of shutting them down.
I also said the problem was that his goals FOR per 60 minutes of ice time was also 1.16. But if the people complaining knew anything about Brandon Sutter, they'd not be surprised by that at all. This is a kid that didn't even score goals in Junior the way his peers did.
You may write ok but comprehension is lacking. Don't misquote me like that.
I will say to refresh and help clarify...this has nothing to do with goals and assists alone. It has to do with offense as a whole. In case you don't know this extends way beyond goals and assists. You seem like a numbers only kind of person so you should certainly appreciate the fact I was just pointing out that 3 points in 15 games clearly shows how ridiculously one sided his game is.
You want to talk numbers ok, but I prefer to look at numbers and the rest of the situation because numbers do not tell the whole story in sports.
I never disputed his efforts on defense. Yes they were more than adequate. Did he provide that defense while providing offense? No. He provided that defense while providing that defense. That was it. As soon as the playoffs hit he went into a shell. Skating forward was no longer part of his game.
I said it way before the Boston series came around that Sutter and that 3rd line has to provide some offense going forward because at some point the Pens top 6 will be shut down and they will need scoring elsewhere. You know what everyone said...no way. Look at the top 6 we have. Nobody can shut all these guys down. YEAH, THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN huh
The 3rd line had serious identity trouble in the playoffs.
But just to pay tribute to the numbers only folks, I echo again. 3 points in 15 games. The same point total as Douglas Murray