Saturday, June 14, 2008

It's not that Campbell is a bad palyer...

I don't mean to be hating on Brian Campbell. Really I don't. In fact I would love to see him come back to Buffalo for next season, and sign a contract for a reasonable amount. It's not going to happen though, because apparently Campbell is the most overrated player in the league, and will sign for billions elsewhere.

The Norris voting has been revealed and Campbell came in fifth in the league in voting. Ignoring for a second the fact that he was only the third best defenseman on the Sabres, that is still way to high. He came ahead of some of the top guys in the league such as Duncan Keith, Mike Green, and Tomas Kaberle, who all had very good seasons.

One voter even decided that Campbell was the number one defensemen in the league. That is just insane. Remember I'm not saying that Campbell is bad (he's not), but top of the league honours are not where he lands. The spin-o-rama is cool, but you need to block shots in order to be the best defenseman in the league.

Buffalo's top two defenders didn't get a single vote. Everyone in Buffalo knows that the top two Sabres on the blue line are Lydman and Tallinder. Henrik Tallinder is easily on of the best players in the league, but he didn't get a single vote. Not one.

The only conclusion that I can come to is that none of the voters ever watch the Sabres play. Two of the best defensemen in the league get ignored, and a flashy player gets loads of votes. Has nobody watched Buffalo since the 2005 playoffs? That would explain this odd voting. Campbell was terrific that spring, Tallinder and Lydman (and pretty much everyone else on defense) was injured. In fact when he was traded, lots of people talked about how Soupy has a "hard hitting defenseman" which if you watch him, you'll see is really not his style (nothing wrong with how he does play though). But back in the 2005 playoffs, he did have one pretty good hit on Umburger, and nobody can figure out that is the exception rather than the rule.

Not to take anything away from Patrick Kane, but the voters are clueless.

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