So in between J.P.'s recent thoughts on Tom Poti and the gradual return to form of Brian Pothier to the Caps blueline corps, combined with additional musings of penalty +/-, led me to wondering come 10 days from now, what's a coach to do with 7 healthy defensemen?
Here's some things to consider. I throw them out there both because they interested me and because Mike Green has been playing in another stratosphere this year, I think we can agree he's off the books for this discussion, and all of the following statements don't include him in this.
- Milan Jurcina and Shaone Morrisonn are neck and neck in even strength Corsi among team blueliners. While we know Jurcina's penalty +/- is abyssmal, when he's out there, his ability to get in front of the puck feels slightly underrated to me.
- Morrisonn's propensity to take a penalty when the team is on the PK has been covered before, but in case you want to see it again.
- Despite that, Morrisonn surprisingly draws the most penalties/60 on even strength time for guys who've been regulars for most of the year. If you widen the pool out, John Erskine bumps him off that throne.
Muddling things more is Pothier's return. Showing increasing comfort in his return, if he returns to even last year's pre-concussion form, you get a guy who will log some time while allowing the fewest goals/60 (on even strength) of your blueliners.
Honestly, I don't know. So I'll ask the masses.