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07-06-2008, 04:17 PM
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Obviously he was on your hate-list in Detroit.
The guy has amazing hands, decent passing game, when he is on he is as deadly as many top 6 players in the league. He has the potential to become a amazing player if a coach can get him to realize his talents and tap into them. Even at this age, he is still very raw. One of those players that "dangles a lot of talent, but never uses it all the way" type of thing.
He is a very solid 50-60 point producer who can help anyone on the PP and, as said, with the right coach he could do damage. (in all honsty, he would be a perfect Hitchcock project.)
Agree wholeheartedly. With the following ups and downs.
weak defensively at the point. more than his fair share of wraparounds get by him, which is ok. What isn't ok is he can't play defense like a Dman. He's back there ... but he isn't back there. This is compounded because other teams PK units target his side for a bang-out. This, however, is risk you take with most forwards not named Fedorov playing the point. I'm sure others can come up with more exceptions, but you get the idea.
He is willing to be physical and dish a hit. Trouble is it is usually of the 'see I can hit coach' variety. However he's willing.
Underrated defensively. He played checking line in the 2 seasons before his big year. Some Wings fans are VERY down on him for a couple of very visible and costly Defensive mistakes in the Edmonton series in 2006. Otherwise he is there. Therefore he is defensively responsible. I will say this: He doesn't seem to multitask well. When he's doing well offensively is when he isn't doing so well defensively.
He can skate well, passes decently well, and has a very good shot (both wrist and slap).
His last year with the Wings he started out on the top line, but this occurred during Datsyuk's 'I'll do everything phase' and he was seldom the recipient of a Datsyukian pass even when he was open. he then ran into injury problems: The Torres concussion, a knee problem, and a groin problem where he was rescued by the all star break (could be the Holidays -- forget)but still had to play through afterwards. As the injuries mounted his effectiveness declined and he was repetitively demoted.
In the corners - he's willing to go there, but he isn't notably effective.
Bottom line: He isn't worth $3.0M (I suffer from Ken Holland stinginess when appraising player's dollar values).
Would I take back the Calder for Williams trade? In a heartbeat.
Who do I prefer him too? Nagy, Afinogenov and any scorer who won't contribute in his own end.
Who will he help? A team that needs scoring help and wants him to concentrate on his offensive chores. Don't ask him to go deep offensively and then ask him to be 3rd man back defensively.
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