It's not that hard to check stuff up before you post, really. I mean, if you're gonna post an article or a comment with that kind of attitude, you need to know what you're talking about. Now I enjoy prett ymuch everything I read here, and believe me…I'm not here to start a fight. I'm here to debate topics with other NHL fans. But if I don't know anything about a specific topic, I just don't post about it, or I ask questions, comments.
Now you clearly knew we were talking about Hannan, come on. Why else would you have said: "Yeah, it wasn't used much in SJ but he actually has one."
Now, I'm not your mother, I'm not here to tell you what to do, or what to say. But if you want your opinion to be respected around here, you need to be careful about what you post, what you say. You can't make excuses like "Oh…I must have been thinking about another of Smolinski's contract".
But anyway, back on topic…
As an NHL defenseman, Komisarek has the ability to slap the puck. But he's not a "legitimate" treath as a pointman. Ask anyone in the league, and they'll tell you. Yeah, he scored 15 goals in two seasons at Michigan against goaltenders that will probably never reach the pros. But we're talking about the National Hockey League here.
He's not an offensive-minded defenseman, he's not recognized in the league as one, and if I had to evaluate his point shot on a scale from one to ten, I would probably give him a 5-6. That's not nearly enough to be considered a good pointman in this league. You say he got stuck behind Souray, Markov and Rivet. Let's take a look at that, shall we ?
MTL – PP ICETIME – DEFENSEMEN
394:20 —> Sheldon Souray
341:37 —> Andrei Markov
215:11 —> Mark Streit
195:32 —> Craig Rivet
039:37 —> Francis Bouillon
033:34 —> Josh Gorges
023:47 —> Janne Niinimaa
010:58 —> Mathieu Dandenault
005:39 —> Mike Komisarek
Dead last !!! You know how much icetime on Powerplay he got eversince he joined the league ? 24 minutes and 24 seconds…in 4 freakin' seasons !!! Geez, look out goalies, Komisarek's our new pointman in Montreal. Niinimaa got more than that last year, and he spent half of the season in the stands.
Now remove Souray and Rivet, put Hamrlik in. Our four defensemen on the Powerplay this year will be Markov, Hamrlik, Streit and Bouillon. Dandenault would be a better option than him…
So quit tryin' because you obviously have no idea whatsoever what you're talking about. And if you can't even judge your own players, the oones you're watching on TV everytime they play…I think it says a lot about your faculty to judge the other players we talked about.
Your honor…I rest my case.]]>
Hamrlik does have a good first pass, and he's more of a setup guy on the Powerplay, but he was easily in the Top-5 (Along with Souray, Schneider and Rafalski) in this year's free agency, and way above Hannan. I can't believe I'm actually trying to prove a point IN FAVOR of Hamrlik here, but anyway. The only reason we signed him instead of, let's say, Danny Markov or Scott Hannan is his pointshot. He's reliable defensively, just like Hannan and Markov, but he does have a better pointshot than them.
I'm usually not huge on quoting stats, because I don't think they always reflect the reality, but I'm gonna do an exception here to "illustrate" what I'm saying…
Hamrlik: 999 NHL Games – 131 Goals – 5.4 Shooting Percentage – 0.13 goals per game.
Hannan: 508 NHL Games – 25 Goals – 4.2 Shooting Percentage – 0.04 goals per game.
Markov: 538 NHL Games – 29 Goals – 5.1 Shooting Percentage – 0.05 goals per game.
Komisarek: 220 NHL Games – 6 Goals – 2.9 Shooting Percentage – 0.02 goals per game.
I love Komisarek !!! Him and Higgins are my favorite players on the team right now. But just like Hannan, he's not a pointman…if he was, he would be used on our Powerplay.]]>