I think I made it clear that "bust" was an unfair description on my part. And on twitter, I asked Pronman if he thought Larsson could be called a bust. He said no, but there was reason to be concerned.
Re the breakout passes, if you would like to show me lots of examples of breakout passes that Larsson has made during his Devils tenure that a decently skilled defenseman can't make with some degree of regularity, then fine. Thus far, I've seen the highlights from the WJC, which don't tell anyone all that much. And again, if that's all he does particularly well, it's a bit of a disappointment, is all. A player we hoped would anchor the defense for the foreseeable future ought to have more to his game.
Bottom line, I've asked countless times for people to tell me exactly what Larsson does or what he has in his toolbox that supports the hype he's gotten. All I've gotten in response are "breakout passes" and "he's only 20".
Jesus, you and Sterio should start a club. Who gives a flying fvck about his WJC results now? I didn't care about them in 2011. You are the only one who has brought that up, like that video has somehow superceded the 100+ games we've seen him play.
Who is hyping Larsson here? Other than people who don't understand aging curves/stats in other pro leagues.
Larsson has a hard shot, but a slow release. If his release gets better, he'll be quite a good shooter. Still, a defenseman's shot isn't usually what makes up a lot of his value. He has confident vision in the offensive zone - he can find sticks with passes, not just blindly bang the puck towards the net. His speed is not a strength, but when he learns how to read the play better it won't be such a weakness. He can be physical sometimes, though that's not going to be his game all the time. I still expect him to be a 25 minute all situations type of defenseman who is strong in the corners, kills penalties, and plays the PP2 (or PP1 if that aspect is weak for the Devils), with around 30 points a season and who drives play slightly. He's not going to dominate games. One of the critical parts of his game is that when he fully matures, he should have no real weaknesses in his game.
Edited by Triumph, 16 October 2013 - 03:12 PM.