You cannot prove that Brewer was in fact trying to shoot THROUGH the legs of the defenders, nor that he does this multiple times per game.
You're right, Brewer was probably trying to shoot directly at the skate and/or shinguard of the player right in front of him. That makes more sense.
You don't think that perhaps he was trying to shoot the puck on net? You question my hockey knowledge...tsk tsk tsk.
Say, I'll ask you again, did you boo Pronger when Shanahan was traded for him?
I have to say, Brewer (and most of the other Blues D) always seem to shoot the puck directly into the shins of the guy in front of them. Its almost embarrassing. Do I have a statistic for how often it happens? No... but when I go to the games and point out this tendency to others, it always always turns out to be accurate.
I think it was Mike Green in Washington who made the blatantly obvious remark that the reason for his success is that he often takes the extra step to make sure his shooting lane to the net is open. This is something that apparently has not set in with most of the Blues D. Brewer could be the worst of them all because he is the one who is most often trying to take the shot.
I'm not saying for a second that they DON'T do it. I'm saying they don't TRY to do it, as OS is asserting. Of course that's just a hyperbolic assertion to disparage Brewer. He needs logical fallacies.
Leagues I have watched Live:
NHL, AHL, UHL, NAHL, NCAA, CSHL...how many of those leagues didn't have a shot hitting a defender in the shin guards do you think? Multiple times per game?
As for the Blues, right now, we don't really have any shooters from the point...Coliacaovo (One day I'll learn to spell his name...) is the closest we have...so..if you get your shot off slowly...it's gonna hit some shins.
I am not sure there is major disagreement between people here. Brewer (granted, without statistical proof) seems to hit shins a lot more than the net. Significantly more. In fact, most of the Blues D does this. Yes, it happens to everyone and multiple times during the games. But anytime the Blues get a shot through from the point, it see it as a small miracle (unless it is Colaiacovo doing the shooting).
OS may not have any hard facts to prove his point, but you don't have any hard facts which would suggest he is wrong. I happen to agree with OS here... Brewer seems to have his head stuck up his ass when he is trying to shoot from the point. It really looks like the bigger the target in front of him is, the more likely he is going to try to shoot through it. It just doesn't work. Its pathetic how little the Blues D gets shots through from the point. Yeah, we were spoiled for a while with Pronger and MacInnis... but that doesnt change how bad it is.
It seems like you are just trying to downplay Brewer's deficiency in this area as a way to counter the general hostility that guy gets from Blues fans. But all you are doing is downplaying it without really showing he is actually any good at it.
The bottom line he isn't a # 1 or # 2 guy and is forced to play that role. As long as he is, he will get the scrutiny that comes with it. He will never thrive under that scrutiny. At least not in St. Louis where fans are used to having a legitimate #1 defensemen (or two).
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