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Re: Matt Martin traded to the Islanders
« Reply #45 on: July 08, 2018, 06:30:29 PM »
I appreciate your perspective boss, I know you coach and can see these things, but hes had several years of Barb Underhill tutelage since then. Having watched him on the Marlies a fair bit, I think he skates as well or better than most NHL fourth liners.

Yeah, and even if he still doesn't look fast, the few times we saw him last year he was able to close in quickly, to retrieve pucks pretty well, and, as I recall, to make a play.

He also had some nights/shifts where he looked utterly disengaged and listless...what Babcock would call "inconsistent compete." It seemed to me that he got beaten out in the line-up by not being as consistently relentless and hungry as some of the other guys he had to beat out for his spot. For the spot he was vying for in the lineup his hands/scoring were almost secondary...he had to spend most of his time in the O-zone. In his admittedly small sample size in 2017-18 he took a big step back in this department.

If consistency is the key, and not if but it is, then it's safe to say that Johnsson takes the cake over Leivo.  In the games that we saw these two pkay, Johnson made for a slightly better impression on that ice.  While it's true that Leivo played in so few games, whatever we saw of him, speed was not a problem. Rather, his inconsistency and yes, his spending time in the offensive zone at the expense of defensive play obviously indicates an indifference to improvement (in Babcock's view).
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Re: Matt Martin traded to the Islanders
« Reply #45 on: July 08, 2018, 06:30:29 PM »