DevilinLA Posted January 26, 2010 Share Posted January 26, 2010 (edited) I too want to see what Frasier is able to do later in games. Mottau HAS been awful this year. Many mistakes, sometimes more than the team can handle and there's pretty much no more room for improvement with him. At times it seems he thinks his job is secure. Maybe giving Frasier more minutes will bring him back to his former gritty self....but if Martin returned tomorrow, I'd have a very tough time making a case for Mottau over Fraser to scratched or sent down. Many mistakes, like a completely needless boarding 5 minute major that almost cost the game. For those thinking that he's "secure with his job" , I actually talked to this dude a week ago in PHX for a brief minute. Here's the exchange: Me: "Nice to see another MASS boy in the lineup. Keep it up" Motts: "I'm just trying to do everything I can to stay here" Here's a quick look (and my take) at over taxed defense, all of which are feeling the effects of too many minutes: Salvador: Good blocks, but getting turned around on the boards a lot. He scored 2 goals one costs us, the other saved us. Even exchange Greene: I think this kid has got more, but where has he gone? Regardless of the rest of his perfromance this season - he will be remembered as Scott Neids #2 apparently. Good news is that his defensive play is markedly improved, but he still needs to become consistent. I'm feeling more confident that this kid could be a great 2/3/4 man but not a superstar. I'm not quite ready to jettison Martin or overlook other options because he's manning the blueline. I think his 2 biggest issues are that he's tired and the word is out about him in the NHL that he can shoot a puck - so he's being covered more. White: Free Pass, Free Pass, Free Pass. I like the guy, but if I had a nickel for everytime he kills someone at the blueline at the expense of coverage. Most of which leaves his partner to take a lot of the blame on this board while he gets off scott free. Fraser: Great, he fights, but he has yet to prove he can handle important minutes - and he's put his share of pucks in the net. Sorry I don't see Dano in him yet. Can we afford to give him more minutes in a playoff situation while he strives to play a consistent game. Not saying no - but - He has yet to prove it. Oduya: This guy is looking better as of late but still needs to find his game in a BIG way. He looks completely lost of confidence. Mottau: Is what he is, slow but smart. The one thing I'll give this guy is you know what you will get - consistency - you can bet on it. HE won't pan out to be a superstar, but for a 6/7 defenseman making 5k, you could do a lot worse. He's seen some important game time in 3 seasons and some playoffs - something that you can't say about many 6/7 men. Edited January 26, 2010 by DevilinLA Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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