Brunner has the most deadly shot on the team. It seemed like 50% of his goals last year were terrific snipes that were placed just right, places other shooters would have been less likely to hit.
And close in around the net, others just jamb away but he lifts it up and through holes.
His defense is underrated. He is good with his stick, can thief behind, poke and agitate well, and the smaller ice is much easier for him to cut off passing lanes than it was in Europe.
Too often people mistake skating slowly through shooting lanes for floating. He is not the guy you want mucking for pucks in the corner. He is the guy that finds open shooting angles so the corner mucker can get the puck out to him for a one timer.
Even when he has struggled and been ineffective and shut down all game long, he can find that open part of the ice in the chaos of the game's last minute of play, and bury the puck in the back of the net better than anyone else on the team.
While Nyquist, Tatar, and Brunner are very similar players, they are not carbon copy's of each other. They each have unique strengths and all add value to this team.
I agree with all of this. I feel Nyquist Tatar Brunner are all totally different players with different skill sets. Nyquist has the playmaking ability and vision similar to Dastyuk (only other player on our team that natural at it game in and game out) Tatar is hard on the puck and bangs in goals like Crosby does, some are garbage goals some are pretty. Brunner has speed, good hands and a f*cking bullet of a shot. All three different and all three important.