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Mike Green For President

Washington CapitalsWell, maybe President is a stretch, but at least give the guy a Norris Trophy. Over the past few seasons, Green has put up more than impressive numbers for a D-man. Actually he has put up impressive numbers for a forward.

Over the past three seasons, including this one, Green has 67 goals, 135 assists in 222 games. That includes over a point a game this season and last. Now you say, “Isn’t the Norris for the best “Defense” man in the league?” Yes. He plays in all situations, including the penalty kill. And a major stat to back up this claim. He was +24 last season and is +35 this season. That is among the best, especially on a run and gun team. People say, the team scores so many goals, it is easy to rack up the plus, but with such an offense, your defense has even more pressure to perform. To put up those numbers once could be a lucky season, but to have gotten better each year in the league and continue to put up the same numbers is impressive, and that doesn’t take into account the intangibles he brings to the team.

The point is, people always claim he is a liability on the defensive side of things, but if someone has over a point a game from a position that should not result in such stats, and if someone has one of the best plus/minus in the league, and plays shy of 30 minutes each game in all situations. It is time for the “experts” to stop calling out his “defensive liability” and look at the facts… facts that should warrant some hardware on his mantle.

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One comment for “Mike Green For President”

  1. i agree that for just his offensive play he should get the norris trophy, but he has also massively improved his defensive. he’s got the second-best plus-minus in the league amongst d-men, only behind his linemate jeff schultz, and has been responding excellently to the criticism of his play in his own zone

    Posted by colonelbagpussNo Gravatar | April 4, 2010, 3:38 pm

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