We have teamed up with Editor In Leaf to bring you some information on John-Michael Liles, the newest addition to the Carolina Hurricanes. Editor In Leaf is the official FanSided site of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
We asked Tim Bayer, one of the editors at Editor In Leaf, some questions. He was very generous and answered all of them for us.
Q: John-Michael Liles has spent a lot of time in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies. Is that because of poor play, or is it because of his contract?
A: “It was because of his contract. I saw him play with the Marlies, and it was obvious he was too good for that level of hockey. He treated the whole ordeal as a consummate pro though, and when the Leafs put a few players on injured reserve, that made room for Liles to make his return to the big club. However, as you know, he’s only played six games in the NHL this season, and has spent most games as a healthy scratch. I always thought Randy Carlyle never gave him a fair shake, and I think he can still be an NHL regular.”
Q: What does John-Michael Liles bring to the Carolina Hurricanes?
A: “He brings experience, leadership, a calm demeanor and a good skating and passing ability. I wouldn’t rely on him to be anything more than a bottom-pairing guy at this stage of his career, but given the right role, I think he can still be effective.”
Q: What is the biggest strength of John-Michael Liles’ game?
A: “Liles’ biggest strengths are his mobility and ability to make a good first pass out of the zone.”
Q: What is the biggest weakness of John-Michael Liles’ game?
A: “His biggest weakness is defensively. He’s had a lot of trouble limiting shots against this year.”
Q: In your opinion, who won the trade between the Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs?
A: “My gut reaction was the ‘Canes won because I’ve heard a lot of Gleason’s struggles this year, Liles has a slightly more palatable contract and they also get a prospect out of the deal. But the Leafs are in dire need of a stabilizing force on the back-end, and maybe Gleason can provide that. Time will tell.”
Another big thanks to Editor In Leaf for answering our questions on John-Michael Liles.