deserves an apology from me. I was very critical of him earlier in the year and whether I was wrong to do so then or if he stepped it up the last several weeks, he was an absolutely integral part of getting Michigan to within an OT goal of the national title. He didn't put up the hugest numbers, though his assists were pretty good, but he was instrumental in the team's defense. He was huge in shutting down three of the best (and hottest!) PP's in the country during the tourney run, to the tune of the PK allowing 1 (yes, the CC goal was (luckily) technically a PP goal, but their guy wasn't in the play yet, so it was basically even strength) and did an absolutely incredible job not only shutting down the other team's best players and lines and 3 of the most potent lines in the country but his line actually outscored two of the best lines in the country, 2-0 in the Frozen Four. Coming into this year, I thought Rust was probably the best defensive forward in the country, I lost that belief somewhere in the middle of the season, but it's back with full force now.
I know Brian said something similar to all that a few times in his previews/recaps, but I wanted to reiterate, because I was very wrong. So here's to Matt Rust, who is probably the best defensive forward in the country and the most underrated (despite the recent hype he's gotten) player on Michigan's team and one of the most underrated in the country. I hope he has a long pro career, frustrating other team's forwards.
Dear Matt Rust,
I'm sorry. Thank you for proving me wrong and leading Michigan to the National Championship game. You will be sorely missed.
Random Guy on the Internet
P.S. Your beard was consistently awesome.