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PensFan6687 10-31-2009 05:16 PM

Did Antropov forget to shoot?
 
No wonder he hasn't scored yet, he has been limited to seven shots in his first 10 games, despite firing 28 goals and over 200 shots on net last season. What's the deal? I been hearing rave reviews about his defensive play, and he's definitely getting good minutes, showing up on the + side and has an assist per game, but dang?! I have the guy in my fantasy keeper league and it baffles me how a shooter has done so little in that department this season. Has Craig Janney taken over his body? :help:

Mods, please edit title to read, "Did Antropov forget how to shoot?" Thanks in advance! :)

ThrasherMinion 10-31-2009 06:30 PM

I wonder if it has to do with him playing center instead of RW? Can't complain too much right now tho. The assists are nice.

Shaun_W_W 11-01-2009 11:23 AM

As a Leaf fan my guess is he has never been surrounded with such talent like Kovy

Semantics 11-02-2009 08:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Chucky17 (Post 21893778)
I wonder if it has to do with him playing center instead of RW?

This. Even on the Leafs he was much more of a playmaker whenever he was put at center. At center he's a 20-50-70 type player and on the wing he's more of a 30-40-70 type.

EvilMilkshake 11-02-2009 10:32 PM

When Anderson was first asked about where he would play, he said "center Kovy's line." That's his position here. And as a Kovy's center, his job is to feed Kovy and whoever's on the RW. With 10 assists in 10 games, I think he's playing center just fine. Sure, he could shoot more, but a big body feeding Kovy and able to get the puck in the zone without dumping it is quite pleasant in my eyes.

I'm sure the goals will come, but personally, I've been happy with his play, and he's made some damn nice passes in a few games (the Peverley back and forth, and the 2nd goal in Buffalo come to mind).

Hero 11-03-2009 03:16 PM

Play him on the wing and force him to the net and he'll score fine.

Super Berg 11-03-2009 03:36 PM

maybe now that kovy is out he will be more conscious to shoot more instead of looking for Kovy

PensFan6687 11-03-2009 11:49 PM

12 assists in 11 games. I know he had good vision, but he's a top notch setup man? Now I don't see this continuing but I guess one can't complain. Oh well, atleast he has 9 shots on goal. Man, I never get Thrashers games, so I don't know how well he's played on a visual level. Stats are the only telling story for me. Man, I need to get the NHL Network!

Norm MacDonald 11-04-2009 01:42 AM

Antropov has been racking up assists, because his playmaking has been fantastic so far. Most of them have even been beautiful primaries. You can't blame him for opting to pass so often. If it's working, then why change it?

Also, a lot of the Thrashers talent like to create their chances in the high slot. Through his hard work around the crease, Antropov has been able to get them the puck and give them the room to operate. I'd imagine that once teams catch on, Anderson will change the game plan and Antropov will get more scoring chances for himself. I think we are already starting to see it with Kovalchuk out. Antro will get his first goal soon enough.

RoyalAir 11-04-2009 02:22 AM

I've been very impressed with Antropov so far. He plays a responsible game, and doesn't make much noise, but he's racking up assists left and right. He kinda flies under the radar, but he's been consistently on the score sheet damn near every night. He doesn't need to score goals so long as his linemates are.

He's a good fit here.

ThrashR 11-04-2009 09:48 AM

Yep, Antropov has been a great pickup so far. If he keeps popping an assist a game and doesn't get a goal I'm fine. Not to mention he has been good in front of the net and better defensively. It all helps the team win!

odgersfan83 11-04-2009 12:48 PM

Do you realize Antropov is on pace to have 0 goals and 89 assists?

btn 11-04-2009 01:10 PM

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Originally Posted by odgersfan83 (Post 21956227)
Do you realize Antropov is on pace to have 0 goals and 89 assists?

If he gets to 50 or 60 without a goal....he really has no choice but to keep passing the puck away to keep his streak going.

That would be the most absurd stat line ever.

ThrashersInHamburg 11-04-2009 01:12 PM

I`m sure he`ll score soon;)
It is funny though, but 0 goals and 89 assist would be REALLY strange haha

btn 11-04-2009 01:14 PM

Does he use a wooden stick, he looks like Holik out there sometimes with that blade that barely has a curve on it.

ThrashR 11-05-2009 08:44 AM

That kind of makes me think of Adam Oates back when. Haven't looked up stats to back it up, but I seem to remember him having 15 or less goals and tons of assists in years.

TheProspector 11-14-2009 10:10 AM

Nice - he's 7th in the league in assists. And he should be: he's surrounded by guys who can play the game. He has a really good shot, and he hardly ever used it in Toronto, either, but he was just the only forward with talent there.

Whaddagoal 11-14-2009 10:21 AM

From the quote book from the LA Kings game......

Words from Kovy:

Quote:

On Antropov not scoring but having 16 assists:

"That's why he's here- to set me up."
:sarcasm:

Washington Capitals 11-14-2009 10:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Whaddagoal (Post 22116178)
From the quote book from the LA Kings game......


Quote:

He's every day, he's smiling, and that's the most important thing. In Buffalo you can't smile. If you smile you sit on the bench. - Ilya Kovalchuk on Max Afinogenov
rofl :laugh:

Raging Bull 11-14-2009 10:32 AM

Most of his goals in Toronto were from crashing the net, deflections, etc...although he does have a pretty decent shot when he decides to use it.

My Sweet Shadow 11-14-2009 03:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Shaun_W_W (Post 21903245)
As a Leaf fan my guess is he has never been surrounded with such talent like Kovy

Mats Sundin?

Shaun_W_W 11-15-2009 03:42 PM

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Originally Posted by My Sweet Shadow (Post 22120160)
Mats Sundin?

Mats was a great player but not the kind of pure goalscorer that Kovy is, played a different kind of game.

DungeonK 11-15-2009 04:14 PM

After watching the game today I can honestly say that Antropov is pretty much refusing to shoot.

teme 11-15-2009 04:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DungeonK (Post 22140799)
After watching the game today I can honestly say that Antropov is pretty much refusing to shoot.

It is almost as if he has an injury...

Cool Hand Luke 11-16-2009 09:39 AM

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Originally Posted by teme (Post 22140999)
It is almost as if he has an injury...

Like a few have been saying in the thread, Antro scores goals on tap-ins and rebounds. He has always been a passer, but his stats don't necessarily show that. However, when you are playing with Kovalchuk, you don't get many rebounds for garbage goals (the guy is shooting at 33.3%)


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