Defence21 wrote:joopen wrote:Isn't that the reason he is a 3rd liner and not top 6? If he was consistant with his goal scoring he would have already been promoted to the top 6. No one is saying he is a great player but he's good at his role. Forecheck, cycle, provide some secondary scoring, be responsible defensively and provide energy. He does all of that. Don't expect him to be Chris Kunitz. Take him for what he is, a 3rd liner, and all the sudden you realize what type of value he brings to the table in that role.
Meh. He does all of that...sometimes. When Kennedy is confident, he's a borderline second line winger. When Kennedy is lacking confidence, he's a borderline NHL'er. Combine the two, and he's a third liner. He is a tenacious forechecker when he wants to be. He is good at the cycle when he wants to be. He does provide secondary scoring in spurts. He is average, at best, defensively, and benefits mostly from his speed and having two very defense-minded linemates. And he does provide a lot of energy.
By no means would I want Jeffrey over him -- but I certainly won't be too sad if/when he is replaced.
Oh I agree he is absolutely replacable. The funny thing is, for all of the average at best he gets about his defense, you never watch a goal against and say "man wtf was Kennedy doing?". Now that's mostly because he isn't asked to do the heavy lifting defensively but he never seems to be making costly mistakes in that end of the ice. He is a 3rd liner who is only making $2M. Can't really be too upset with what you get for that price.