In review

I wrote off bringing in Jassen Cullimore in pre-season. Maybe that was a mistake. Or maybe circumstances would make it look like it was?

Jassen's not putting up big numbers for the Panthers -- that's no shock -- but he's stable. Though he's only played in 21 games this season, he's averaging 14:38 of ice time and is a solid plus 7 at this juncture. If Cullimore was back on the Bolts, however, the situation he would be playing in would be different from where he is now...

Here's the Lightning defense numbers for you to look at:

NamePlus/MinusAverage Ice Time

Filip Kuba+625:10
Paul Ranger-225:31
Shane O'Brien-322:06
Brad Lukowich-1617:47
Mike LundinEven15:07
Doug Janik-510:45

Look at Brad Lukowich's numbers. He was supposed to be 3rd pair this season (with Boyle, Ranger, Kuba and O'Brien playing in front of him). With Dan Boyle's injury, Brad's been asked to do much more and he's averaging almost 18 minutes of ice time... And weighing down the D with a minus 16. I'm not putting blame on Brad as so much pointing at the numbers.

If Cullimore were here, it'd likely be the same case -- more games, more ice time, more asked of him and lower numbers.

However, those numbers would likely be better than Doug Janik's. The other drag on the defense in his non versatility on ice, Janik's TOI average of 11 minutes or so puts more pressure on the kids (2nd year player Shane O'Brien and rookie Mike Lundin) to cover. Of course, others have had the opportunity to step in and beat Doug for a roster spot -- but that didn't happen. So Doug is playing where and as he should -- as a #6 defensiveman... All while I was expecting the rookies (be it Lundin, Smaby or others) to serve the role and be brought along slowly.

Dan Boyle's return can't come soon enough... But then again, getting the ownership situation squared away couldn't come soon enough either -- having a de-facto roster freeze doesn't help remedy the ills of the franchise.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Raw Charge

You must be a member of Raw Charge to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Raw Charge. You should read them.

Join Raw Charge

You must be a member of Raw Charge to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Raw Charge. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker