Theo Peckham has struggled to stay in a lineup filled with a career AHLer, a player with 35 games of NHL experience coming in to 2011-12, an enormous 3rd-overall pick bust and a very old and slow, but large defender. Chorney couldn't even make the team. But after watching Peckham play for the first two months, I'm not sure Peckham deserves to be on the team, even when taking the current injuries into account.
Tom Renney has given him the easiest minutes he's been able to, yet Peckham has been overwhelmed. Tonight, tonight was a different level of bad. He was directly responsible for 1st goal with a terriblly ill-advised pinch that stopped neither the man nor the puck. On the very next penalty kill, Peckham ran to the far (side side) boards to finish a hit and took himself 30 feet out of position, leaving no defenseman in front of Khabibulin.
On the fourth goal, Jeff Petry moved down the slot to receive a pass from Jordan Eberle, but Eberle lost the puck, then dove for the puck (it wasn't a penalty). Peckham never realized that Petry pinched. As the puck came out of the zone, Peckham looked the puck carrier straight in the belly. When the puck was moved over to Winchester, Peckham looked up for the first time and saw Petry wasn't there. At that moment on the replay, Peckham's "OH NO" face was plainly visible. It was terrible ice awareness.
After watching Theo Peckham play the worst game of his career tonight, I'm left to wonder - Who is a better defenseman right now, Taylor Chorney or Theo Peckham? I'm not talking about potential, skillset or last season, rather, I'm talking about this moment. Is the Theo Peckham we've seen for the last six weeks better than Taylor Chorney?