I've said before he's not a good defenseman. I said it in the offseason and I said it last season. He's overrated because he's big.
It's not just because he's big. Kindl and Lashoff are almost as big as Ericsson but don't exactly get a lot of love here.
Ericsson is a good shut down defenseman. He'd probably be best suited for middle pairing minutes but given the current state of Detroit's defense it doesn't really shake out that way.
Do you remember how the PK suffered last season when he was out? He is big, I still don't think he's physical enough but he's the most physical defenseman on the team. He has a great first pass, and he's become less prone to brain farts and is generally poised under pressure.
He hasn't been as good so far this season but I have to wonder if the finger injury has set him back. He said himself it hindered his training, so he's probably not in as good of game shape and as strong. Not to mention getting your puck handling back.
Point being, of the defensive problems on this team, Ericsson is not high on the list. They need to cut dead weight in Kindl, and keep looking for a legit offensive threat from the blue line, preferably a right hander. Then there's the question of how long it will be before Quincey goes through one of his stretches where he forgets how to play hockey.
I think Tatar looked terrible last night. Aside from turnovers he was pretty much invisible. That wasn't the case in the games before that but his and Helms goal drought are one big reason the Wings have so few goals for. Maybe I expect to much from Tatar, but he has to get better this season than he his now.
Who looked great last night however was Kindl. Aside from his neutral zone gaffe (which he impressively made up for with his defensive play afterwards) he made a good impression out there. Especially that long pass on Miller during the 2nd (?) was very impressive. More of that please.
Then hopefully the Wings will be able to trade him.
He's looked decent but he's a $2.4 million defenseman playing under 15 minutes a night. I'd much rather see XO in that spot.
Anyone have a video clip of the disallowed goal they could share. Nhl usually won't post the bad calls on the site cause they are embarrassed.
So basically if I have a skate in the blue paint the goalie could punch me in the back of the head if he wants, and it's my fault... Laughable.