Strangelove wrote:clem wrote:Did Garrison come off an exceptional year (in part because of Campbell) ?
Or, is he getting better year by year ?
Garrison led the Cats in icetime two years ago (pre-Campbell).
He has been a mainstay on their #1 PK for two seasons.
Playing with Brian Campbell definitely helped his offensive numbers last year.
But guess wot, now he's playing with Alexander Edler on YOUR Vancouver Canucks!
Waffle wrote:That Globe and Mail article was from April/2011.
I haven’t seen any final summations like that for this past season as yet, but Hockey Independent ranked the top 25 NHL defensive defensemen in Dec/2011, and Garrison wasn’t on the list.
Over at HockeyAnalysis.com, for this past season, amongst defencemen, overall Garrison was ranked 35th in the league and Hamhuis was 16th. Garrison’s numbers were better than Elder and Bieska.
Waffle wrote:Given the free agents available, and some of the other contracts given out, even if he just plays his average of the last couple of years, this is a very good signing for Vancouver. He isn't a stud like Weber, but he is obviously a solid top 4 guy.
clem wrote:Garrison's ability to play quality minutes & stay healthy should be an improvement on Salo. Garrison's got the shot, skating and discipline, but doesn't seem too physical despite his size.
Garrison put up 16 goals last year and can play the right side.
In his Panther career he has managed to be a + player which is rare. Last year Brian Campbell put up 53 points but was -9 while Garrison was +6 with 33 points. In fact Garrison was the only regular Florida Dman who was a + last season.
He can also eat up big minutes and averaged 23:41 per game (second to Brian Campbell) and before Campbell arrived he put up the top minutes. Edler was tops last season for the Canucks with 23:51.
Garrison also took more shots (168) than any Canucks Dman. He has an outstanding shooting percentage of 9.5% which is better than any other Dman in the NHL taking 150 or more shots. Shea Weber (8.3%) and Erik Karlsson (7.3%) were numbers 2 and 3. He has a knack for getting shots through.
Lancer wrote:As I've said elsewhere, good price and good term considering what others were getting.
If he can play the right side and form a stable pairing with Edler, then things look a lot brighter on the blueline. Having Tanev and Ballard as the 3rd pairing - even with Ballard's salary - would make for a solid D-corps.
I'll be interested to see just what kind of on-ice mojo he had with Campbell besides being the obvious recipient of some sweet feeds from him. Would Edler or Ballard feed him for one-timers the way Campbell did? Will Garrison have to play more defensively to cover up for Bambi's uber-bambi moments at the opposition blue-line? On a rush, who will jump in as the late guy, Edler or Garrison, and how will these factors weigh into his production? Guess we'll see.
All in all, a good pick-up in that he has size, skill and can play the right side even if he doesn't shoot right-handed. Makes the D-corps solid, but I would still like to see Gillis replace some depth in the form of a big, vicious crease-clearer. Too bad Allen signed elsewhere.