Tuesday, May 3, 2011

2010-11 Season Review: Matt Greene

Matt Greene
Matt Greene
2010-11 Stats: 71 GP, 2 G, 9 A, 11 PTS, +3, 0 PPP, 70 PIM 
Signed through 2012-13; $2.95M

I love Matt Greene.  One of the only Kings that plays a truly physical game.  He's well aware of his responsibilities on the ice: play physical, play strong defensively, and protect teammates.  He knows his game well and is aware of his limitations and makes the most of his skill set.  He's not the best skater but makes up for it with sound positioning.  The arrival of veterans Rob Scuderi and Willie Mitchell have helped Greene more than anything.  When he arrived in L.A., Greene played nearly 20 minutes a night but over the past two seasons, his time-on-ice has dropped to 17:29 (2009-10) to 16:59 (2010-11).  The decrease in ice-time has actually helped Greener's effectiveness on most nights not always having to face a team's top-line or power play unit.  Always among the NHL's hit leaders; Greene laid out 243 hits on the season. 

FINAL GRADE: B; Greene is signed to a relatively friendly cap-hit of $2.95M thru 2013-14.  His role on the team goes beyond his production on the ice.  While his aggressiveness and physical play often toe the line of what's a penalty; Greener's heart and effort will never be questioned.  The Kings have alot of defensive prospects in the system but almost all of them are considered offensive defensemen; Greene should be here for the long haul.

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