It's nice to have that in a 3rd line defenseman but it isn't something the team is lacking. It's not like Detroit was victim to a plethora of close-crease goals last season.
I disagree. honestly I'd say they were the victim of exactly that pretty often last season.
There were a lot of times the Wings were outnumbered around their own net, and opponents had several good whacks at a loose puck without even being touched.
it is important, yes, but very few guys make a name for themselves by "clearing the crease" and tbh pretty much all defensemen are taught to do this and do do it regularly
They're taught to do it, but you need a player of size and with some edge to do it well. And honestly I think it is something the Wings are lacking.
Lidstrom has compensated for his lack of size with smarts and skill and tying up the stick. No one on the Wings really clears the crease that well except maybe Stuart. Ericsson has the size but doesn't use it well yet. Raf and Kronwall just get overpowered or aren't the one battling in front of the net.
Edited by haroldsnepsts, 11 August 2010 - 12:45 AM.