Froggy wrote:Jeffrey always struck me as Erik Christensen with less of an upside.
And with less talent to begin with.
Mr. Colby wrote:How did Jeffrey end up so deep in the doghouse? I thought he's been fine... unless he is injured and i'm unaware.
I think it's because he's always been a AAAA guy. He can fill in almost anywhere in a pinch, but can't really sustain it long-term. Too good for the AHL, but doesn't really have a specialized skill set to bring to an NHL roster. He's "good" at a lot of things, but not great at any of them.
Doesn't really have the skill set of a top 6 guy (but can fill in due to injury), and doesn't exactly play a grinding bottom 6 role (but can fill in if needed).
Not sure if that makes any sense, but that's how I perceive Jeffrey and his play
Players who are good at lots of things, or even one or two things, take regular shifts in the NHL. Dustin Jeffrey is not good at mostly everything. He sucks. This is inexplicably the sixth season (good God) the Penguins have given him the chance to prove he doesn't suck and he can't do it, because he does suck. He's an AHL level talent with AHL level speed, decent hockey sense and no grit.
The Penguins will be forced to use him for a stretch of games due to injure, he'll play a game or two with a horseshoe up his butt and score a goal, everyone will jump back on the Jeffrey bandwagon, the Penguins will bring him back from a 7th season, 6 games into the season the coaching staff will say to themselves "Why the hell did we re-sign this guy?", everyone on the board will wonder why he isn't playing, and the answer will remain the same: he sucks. All of this has happened before and will happen again.