It continues to astound me how little credit Phaneuf gets.
For all those comments about "couldn't hit the broadside of the barn" or "always hitting the boards," he's still consistently top 10 for defense shots and has only been below 200 shots once in his career (the year he was injured). He's also been below 4 percent shooting only once and has a respectable 5.9 (as a dman).
Offensively he was still top 15 in defense points last season on a team that had a rookie dman as the next best dman.
He's struggling right now but thats the result of being overworked and being place with a guy better suited to being a depth dman. Toronto needs to find another top line dman to take the pressure off of Phanuef. It would help wondrously.
And yet he's still one of the best multi-cat producers in hockey.
14T BiWeekly H2H. 4 C/RW/LW, 6 D, 2 G
Cats:G(3), A(1.5), +-(1), PIM(0.2), PPP(1), SOG(0.2), GWG(1), SHP(2), Hits(0.3), BkS(0.4). W(2), SO(2), OTL(0.5), SV(0.2), GA(-1), L(-1).
LW - Pactches, Benn, Ott, Foligno, Belesky
C - Staal, Thornton, M Richards, Giroux
RW - Ovie, Hossa, Callahan, Tara, Neil
D - Weber, OEL, Shatty, Seidenberg, Suter, Wiz, Beauch, Wiz, MacDonald
G - Lundqvist, Varlamov, Allen
Prospects - Schultz, M Rielly, Ramo, Brodin, RNH, Forsberg, D Shore, Trouba, Bjugstad
IR- RNH, Kulikov