Corey Potter is a defenceman. He was signed on a one-year deal at the start of the 2014-15 season. He only played eight games.
Even as low risk defensive cover, he disappointed. In a side which regularly contained Deryk Engelland and Ladislav Smid, Potter sat in the press box. That's all you need to know.
There isn't a great deal to say about him, but we've given it a go.
I try to avoid giving failing grades, but man, there was just no point to Corey Potter. He shouldn’t have played any games. Tyler Wotherspoon shouldn’t have sat for him at any point (and certainly not during actual playoff games). Potter played extremely tiny minutes in extremely sheltered circumstances and offered literally nothing of value. There was no benefit to his presence. It probably would have been better to go with 13F 5D rather than masquerade this.
This really isn’t meant to rile on the guy. It’s not his fault he’s not an NHLer, and it’s not his fault he was put into situations where he had to play as one. But man, it shouldn’t have happened.
Mike FAIL (F):
Who is Corey Potter? Oh right, he is the guy who stepped on Taylor Hall’s face after Smid tripped him by accident. You get a retroactive ‘A’ for that. But seriously who is Corey Potter? The Flames would have been better off trading for John Scott and using him.
Everybody in Flames country rambles about how useless Corey Potter is. While he wasn’t scoring at a high clip (or really wasn’t scoring at all) he put up better possession numbers than many on the team despite not looking great. He was far superior to the likes of Deryk Engelland and Ladislav Smid, he played better than Wotherspoon in their limited minutes, and his numbers at even strength were better than Kris Russell.
This is not to say that Potter is good in any way shape or form. He’s at best a mediocre sixth defenseman - it’s more of a statement as to how much of tire fire the Flames defense is. A massive amount of improvement is needed and Potter clearly shouldn’t be there, but he deserved to be there more than others on the team did.
Limited sample size. Limited skill. It may not be fair due to the small amount of time he played, but that’s the impression he left. Plus, he was played over Tyler Wotherspoon at the time - playing as an older, less skilled, non-developing player over who was (before the draft, that is) possibly the best defensive prospect - so he went in against the odds, which made him look even more disappointing.
For being a warm body occupying a press box seat, he gets an A+. For being a hockey player, he gets an F. He really should’ve never played, but that’s on Hartley’s poor personnel decisions more than on him. Potter was never going to be anything special, and I don’t know why the Flames pretended he would be for a short time.
It is hard to judge Corey Potter on his limited ice time, but judge we will - and the case for the defence is brittle at best, which sums up his time on the ice. He is not NHL level, in any way, shape or form.
Corey Potter finished second on the Flames, behind only David Schlemko, in possession stats with a 51 percent Corsi (SAT%). While that sinks in, let’s talk about sample size. There’s a reason Potter only played six regular season games this season.