ToddM wrote:Those exact same stats say that Klingberg is in the 99th percentile and Heiskanen the 97th. Which, you know, isn't BS.
Do they show that across the same sample size as Honka? I just don't really get how his limited ice time and sheltered 3rd pairing minutes compare to Heiskanen or Klingberg who play lots of minutes and against way better players. Perhaps he could be better than Fedun, but man, that's not really saying much. Is he better at breakouts than Polak? Sure he is. Does he defend better than Polak? There is zero chance. He'd never be put on the penalty kill.
No, Honka's sample size is really, really small, because, y'know, Coach Stuff.
I still don't get the love for Polak on this board. "He MUST be good, because otherwise he wouldn't be on the PK!" I've watched him all season, and cringe every time he's killing a penalty because the only positive thing he does is take up space. Which, like, practically anyone on this board could also do if they laced 'em up. Polak is probably the worst Stars defender we've had since Woywitka, who also inexplicably got ice time despite idiotic turnovers and mind-bending defensive decisions. If we all decided to play a drinking game where we took a chug every time the announcer said "...and [forward] gets a step on Polak," we'd all die of liver poisoning by the second intermission.
Or just watch who's on the ice when an enemy forward is all alone in front of the net. Guess who should've been covering him 75% of the time, and was either too slow to keep up or made a bad read and skated in a completely useless direction?
But he's got Intangibles, so that makes him Untouchable.
I guess he's useful for padding Bishop's insane high-danger save percentage, which might help him win the Vezina, if NHL GMs even pay attention to that stat.