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RDOilerfan wrote on Fri, 04 May 2018 14:45


I have zero problem if Gryba isn't your #7 but at the same time, I don't see the value in having another left handed dman who you have to shelter so much. Auvitu is fine from the center line to the opposition goal line but as soon as you start into your own end. Hide your eyes and pray it works out. As a dman, I have a real problem with you if you don't go into the corners after a puck. You don't have to be a banger but you can't let up and allow the guy to get the puck with ease. Part of a dman's job is to battle for pucks in your own zone. He doesn't do that.


While I understand that's the easy narrative because he's not that big and puts up points, I don't think that the evidence shows that. He played third pairing when he played without getting a top defender to play alongside him and all his numbers were fine. He contributed up ice, scoring 9 points in 33 games, and he was +4. Hopefully someone can add to this with some of the possession stats, but I believe he was generally positive there too.

He wasn't sheltered by a partner, because he rarely was on the ice with a guy like Adam Larsson and I believe he quite often played with guys who were much less defensive stalwarts.



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