Don't get me wrong, I love the guy....but....
Everyone is talking about how Brewer is -12 and Pietrangelo is -9, but your 'shut-down' center is -10. I've just thought he's been really struggling lately and the stats kind of back that up.
Also of note, of players who have appeared in 35 or more games this year, the only guys who are not minus are EJ, Carlo, Polak and Weaver all at 0.
So every forward is a minus and only two of you regular defenseman are……draw your own conclusions about the play of the other two defensemen.
(Sydor is a 0 as well so it’s even more damning for Jackman and Brewer)
Jay McC gets a bit of a pass from me because his "shut-down" line keeps getting blown up and re-invented. Think of all the players that were put on that line by AM as a "slump-buster". It's difficult to totally shut down the other team's best when you're not sure who your linemates are or where their heads are.
That said, the +/- numbers on our D are appalling. Appalling in that they clearly tell a story. Maybe now someone will listen.