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PrincetonTiger

Member Since 28 Oct 2007
Offline Last Active Jun 29 2008 08:30 PM
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In Topic: I can't believe I'm saying this....

14 April 2008 - 10:37 PM

uh - perhaps. but neidermayer also had the ability to quickly recover from those mistakes and still make the play. look, i like johnny o too. but lets not go comparing him to one of the top 5 defensemen of all time, ok.


Niedermayer was good, but how about Orr, Harvey, Shore, Robinson, Fetisov, Coffey, Savard, Lidstrom, Bourque, and Langway? I think all of them were much better.

Just as he was underrated with the Devils, now Neidermayer is overrated. Sorry if this sounds like a flame, but I just can't stand this sentiment that Niedermayer was amazing and Oduya is average at best.

Months ago there were a ton of Oduya haters and I understand people don't like to admit they were wrong. Regardless, it's nice to see him getting some respect nowadays. I think he has been the best defenseman for either team all series.

For that matter, he's been better than Neidermayer this post-season. Anyone disagree?

In Topic: Rachunek

25 January 2008 - 08:22 AM

I thought he was playing well until his injury. Remember, at the time he led the team in plus/minus. He's only been back for a handful of games now, so he's still working off the rust. No need for a knee-jerk reaction after one game...

In Topic: Oduya

22 January 2008 - 02:56 PM

I don't know if I agree Oduya > Mottau. Oduya has a higher PP ceiling because he has a big shot at times but Mottau is a much better puck handler and decision maker. Rachunek is much better than both of them on the PP. My 4 PP defenseman right now would be Martin-Oduya and Mottau-Rachunek. There way both PP units have one defenseman who is a good puck handler and has another defenseman with a big shot. If the team moved Langs back to the point on the PP I would put him in Oduya's spot because I paired Oduya, who I feel is the weakest handler, with Martin, who I feel is the best overall guy on the PP.


Excellent analysis. I think that's probably the best assessment of the current team. I do, however, think that Oduya has the potential to become a solid puck moving defenseman. He is definitely the fastest defenseman we have on the roster. Maybe this isn't the year to try him in that role, though.

As an aside, to respond to those calling for Langenbrunner on the point on a power play...I think it's a bad idea. He is a huge liability defensively and hasn't shown he can really add that much offensively anyway.

Anyway, sorry again for ruffling feathers earlier. You guys aren't all bad!

In Topic: Oduya

22 January 2008 - 10:03 AM

hm, nice first post


Your point is well taken; I probably shouldn't have been as heated in my post, but I was upset with how hard you guys bash one of the players on my favorite hockey team and I wanted to say something about it.

However, I also had substance to my post, which you conveniently avoided. Care to talk about that?

In Topic: Oduya

22 January 2008 - 09:09 AM

You guys are ridiculous.

Oduya is probably the most physically gifted defenseman on our roster. Give him time! Once he gets some more experience and patience he will be better at breaking the puck out and then he's be a legitimate top 2 defenseman.

And by the way, for those of you criticizing the power play, I think you're pointing the finger at the wrong place. I'd say Paul Martin makes far more mistakes when he breaks the puck out from behind the net, so we often have trouble even setting the power play up. All season Martin has done nothing but try to stickhandle past the forechecker, if there is one; he's good at it, for sure, but he assumes he can always get away with it and often the rush gets disrupted because of his arrogance. Just recently he has given the outlet to Oduya when that's what the opponents' positioning called for and we were better at setting up the attack.

It's honestly hard being a Devils fan when the rest of you are such spoiled brats and expect every defenseman to be Stevens or Niedermayer. Accept Oduya for what he is and support him. He has the potential to become very good. And even if he never emerges, HE'S ON YOUR TEAM!

And I wonder why I get heat for being a Devils fan...
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