Tomas Kaberle: Scoring Threat or Defensive Liability?

December 7th, 2009 by Eric Warren Leave a reply »
Once again, I am weighing in on Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle.

Before I go any further, and all you Kaberle fans skip to the end and chastise me for picking on him, hear me out.

Tomas Kaberle and Phil Kessel are both almost having point-per-game seasons, each having just one point less than their amount of respective games.

This, of course, bodes well for a Leafs team that has struggled to find the net, although they regularly outshoot opponents and lead the league in shots per game.

My concern is not his offensive numbers (obviously); my concern is that he is listed as a defenseman. As such, he is a minus seven.

The only D-man ahead of Kaberle in scoring is Mike Green of the Capitals.

He has 30 points in 28 games, is a +10, and has 18 penalty minutes, compared to Kaberle's six.

Of the top 10 in defensive scoring in the NHL, two players are on the wrong side of the plus/minus: Tomas Kaberle of the Leafs, and Alex Edler of the Vancouver Canucks.

This is not an issue that has gone unnoticed by coach Wilson, regarding Kaberle's poor defensive play.

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