12/18/08: Nashville @ Phoenix
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12-20-2008, 01:37 AM
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Nashville, TN
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I was going to comment but you guys said it all for me, so I concur!! I know this might sound ridiculous but so is our power play so I'll say it. On the PP put Toots on the point because he rarely misses the net like most of them do when firing the slapper, hell he'll fire it from a bad angle and still put it on net. Also wondering, have we scored on a any rebounds this season? It seems like everytime there's a juicy one, nobody's in position to put it in the net? I know we have but it seems like a long time ago to remember.
No, no, no. Toots would be dangerous at the point for a couple reasons;
1) He has a tendency to shoot the puck at chest level...not a good thing for anyone going to the front of the net. You think we don't have a net presence now, wait until Toots launches a couple at head level...players from both teams would be parting the Red Sea when he wound up.
2) He is not the most accomplished puck-handler in the world and I think would panic under pressure, leading to turnovers and shorthanded opportunities against.
3) Jordin is a player that is at his best when playing aggressively. I fear that Toots would have a difficult time choosing whether or not to hold the zone and whether or not to jump down low to create opportunities...leaving his partner and the team out to dry.
Personally, I'd like to see Toots or Smithson (yes, I said Jerred "Babyface" Smithson) in front of the net on the PP in place of Bonk.
Every practice I've attended for the past three seasons Smithson is one of the last forwards out on the ice and he is out there after practice ends in front of the net deflecting pucks as the D go through shooting drills. FWIW, Ward practices stickhandling off to the side in the neutral zone with about a dozen pucks lined up in various formations to stickhandle through. Both these guys know they are role players...therefore when our skill guys are changing in the locker room, these guys are taking advantage of every second of ice time to improve their game.
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