From what I've seen, Schultz is just awful. Immobile, has long reach but has no idea how to use it, isn't physical... IMO he's only in the league because of his +50 a couple years back playing with Green during Green's point-per-game season. Erskine is at least physical, so he could be an upgrade.
This is pretty accurate in my opinion. Schultz has flashes and spurts when he proves valuable. His reach and length sometimes prove valuable on the PK in clogging lanes, but just as often as that happens, his lack of ability to play physical and skate burn him. With the entire team buying into the shot blocking/collapsing scheme, Schultz quickly becomes less valuable. He's also the king of the skating out of the zone and passing it backwards to his d partner maneuver. It worked out okay when Mike Green was a stud, but it's less rewarding now. Schultz is a fine 5th-8th defenseman depending on what team you are.
Erskine is a question mark. Obviously he brings the physicality. In some ways this may be playing into Boston's hands, but that physical game is more than just fighting. He's willing to clear the crease, protect his players, etc. Clearing the crease and slot might be a real point of emphasis because we've seen that Holtby can be pretty damn effective when he gets a clean view of the puck. He had his knee scoped and hasn't played since then, but said he feels healthy. If it's the case, he could be okay.
Orlov is by far the most talented of the bunch. He's also the least responsible. He makes irresponsible passes and jumps up into the play leaving him/the defense in a vulnerable position. He's also right now pretty good at firing rockets that never hit the net. He likes to hit and had a few highlight reel hip checks this year. Once he can learn to hit the net with some consistency with that boomer of his and mature as a defender/decision maker, he should be a fine player. Right now, in a series that is so tightly contested, I agree with Hunter's decision to keep him out. Depending on who the Caps face in round two, if it comes to that, I could see Orlov becoming a more viable option.
Edited by ForceAtHome, 19 April 2012 - 02:43 PM.