Despite all the talk about Zetterberg, Ericsson, and Conklin struggling this year, to me one player has stood out as being especially terrible: Dan Cleary. He’s been on the top two lines for the entire first two months of the season and had a paltry six points going into Saturday’s game. He’s a team worst -3 and has what appears to my eyes to be million turnovers. He’s looked behind this entire time, confused, and just plain bad. I truly believe that he’s kept Datsyuk down.
I'm not all down on Dan, make the jump for the rest.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love Cleary. His hard working, grinding, never give up attitude is exactly what the Wings need. Plus, he can step in as a scorer, which is a great ability to have.
But while he can step in as a scorer, that doesn’t mean he should. He’s a grinder, a hard working 3rd liner. He’s not pretty, he’s not that creative. He can’t keep up with the Datsyuk and Zetterbergs of the world. Bertuzzi and Filppula know