In confused by all the hate.... He has more goals than Z correct?
And all the hate about his conditioning and mental toughness and the grind? Seriously, can we use the same bulls*** excuses for the rest of our team?
Hes hit a skid cuz the NHL woke up and took note of this dude.
He will have to adjust his game for a full season for certain if he wants to bury pucks but thus far Brunner has been a pleasant suprise.
I don't consider it "hate" at all. Virtually everyone here wants him back, and that was by no means a foregone conclusion when we took a flier on him. The comparison to Zetterberg is not particularly useful. First of all, Z is playmaker and an elite 2-way player. It's pretty well established that Z's goal totals over a full season are going to be in the low 20's. But he has twice as many assists as that, and is extremely valuable defensively.
Brunner is the inverse of Zetterberg - he's the guy that should be on the receiving end of those passes, and he arguably is one of the most "shot first" players on the team (2nd on the team, actually to Z, which surprised me), and I like that about him. But his overall game is nothing like Z's. Dan Cleary has more goals than Z also, and nobody in their right mind would argue Cleary has been better than Zetterberg this year. (Hockey statistics are incredibly flawed across the board...Zetterberg is a minus-3, while Kindl is a plus-13. The best players get the toughest matchups, and +/- holds individuals accountable for something one of the other 5 guys on the ice might have screwed up).
The debate here is because we are almost certain he will be on the Wings next year, so I don't want him saddled with an unreasonable contract that will:
(a) Hurt the Wings against the Cap and prevent us from making other moves; and
(b) Turn the fanbase against him because of his bad deal. The hate for guys like Quincey and (previously) Ericsson isn't so much that they're the worst hockey players ever, it was that people didn't perceive the cap hits they carried as being consistent with their actual contribution.