Player Discussion: Neal Pionk

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    Lots going wrong for the Jets so far but for possession wise Pionk is miles ahead of where he was with the Rangers. Last night he was at a 65.79 CF%, with a 53.62 CF% for the season. Trouba on the other hand is being caved with a 38.59 CF% this season with the Rangers.
     
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    I won't deny that Pionk has been very good so far, and night in and night out looks like our best d-man despite not playing with anyone great as a D partner. That said it's early and the season is still young- Myers and Pionk look elite by their metrics so far and Trouba and Morrissey are getting lit up. I am cautiously optimistic but I am not waving the "Mission Accomplished" banner just yet.
     
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    No but we have seen enough at this point to know first hand that he has the required skill set to be an effective NHL player. He skates well and moves the puck well. If at some point in the future any struggles should be met with questions on what is impacting his play, not that the garbage and can't play hockey. If Morrissey struggles for a game or 2 we ask why and what is impacting his play? if Bitetto on the other hand struggles for a game or 2 we don't ask why or what is impacting his play because we already know he doesn't have the skill set to be an effective NHL player.
     
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    Ya, the general consensus is about 5 to 7 years to develop in the NHL. You see many exceptional players follow that path. The ones that jump in and excel right away are the anomaly not the norm. Pionk is way ahead of the curve in general.
     
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    With JMo's struggles, Pionk may be our best defenseman.


    There is not another team in the league that I can think of where that would be even remotely possible.
     
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    been pleasantly surprised by his game so far. he isn't as atrocious as NYR fans claimed he was, but also in a bit of a lesser role and played with superior D partner and Fwds on the Jets. He also did pretty well initially with NYR then his play tailed off considerably, so we'll see if his play can at the minimum continue or better yet improve. He's pretty soft on the boards and tries to be physical but ends up failing. I don't know how much more he can develop but i was expecting Will Butcher-type results in a 2nd or 3rd pairing, i think that's what we're getting so far
     
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    That's more of a comment on the Jets, not Pionk.
     
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    I find his lack of physicality to be vastly overblown. He's been good at getting body position on guys by using his skating ability and his stick has been very good along the wall. I was at the game last night and saw him a number of times retrieve the puck under pressure, absorb the hit and come away with it. He knows his size limitations and is good at using his strengths.
     
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    I agree that it's too early to put too much stock into the shot metrics, but watching Pionk play around 20 games with the Jets so far (pre-season and regular season) is very encouraging. He plays quickly, is a very good skater, makes quick and smart decisions with the puck, and he is effective in the offensive zone. His size precludes him from winning physical battles, but he's competitive and does fine defensively when he doesn't have the puck. Basically, his "eye test" matches is shot metrics so far, and both are quite positive.
     
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    Was just going to screen grab this from a Whilee post in a locked thread. Thanks!

    My question: if this persists, is Pionk a victory for the amateur scouting group (from his college days) or the pro scouting group (from his year in NYR)?
     
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    If it persists, it'll be a victory for those who choose to actually wait until a player has a handful of games as a Jet before writing them off as garbage.
     
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    Pionk has been ok. He hasn't been good. Not relative to his role. He doesn't have the talent for the ice time. Not being bad isn't really what we need for someone playing his minutes. I'd be quite happy if he was playing this level as the 4th best d-man, maybe even 3rd.
     
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    If he's a 3-4, which I think he has been so far, then that's a success for the scouts. The prize of the trade was recovering from the Hayes deal.
     
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    He has not been a 3/4.
     
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    name your metric

    top 4 this season by:

    5v5 CF%
    5v5 SCF%
    5v5 p/60
    Fisher Eye Test

    not top 4 by xGF%. i am struggling coming to terms with the discrepancy between Scoring Chances / Corsi and xG this year for the Jets overall. Expect it to go away over time, but it is taking a while.
     
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    Hey, even a blind squirrel and all that... ;)
     
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    Agree. He's best slotted in as a #3-4 D, and he looks like he'd be good in that role. A healthy Buff would put the Jets' D into more appropriate slots, starting with Pionk.
     
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    Without Buff, the Jets are missing an impactful dman, an all situations monster, that can change the course of a game. “Good Buff” was exactly that. “Bad Buff” gave fans fits.

    Pionk hasn’t sucked. He’s played fine, but he doesn’t take over a game or tilt the ice in the Jets favour. Not that HE has too. He only needs to be a solid contributor, which he has been.

    I’d like to see a Bulldog 2nd pairing of Samberg-Pionk one day. Perhaps as early as next year.
     
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    I think he’s exceeded expectations so far.
    It’s early of course but he’s not hot garbage like some have indicated he might be.
     
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    More like “I have never watched the player, but the other fan base says he sucks, so he must suck”.
    Hence it’s decided that he’s a bad player.
     
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