"The Reject Returns" 1/17/09: Nashville vs. Atlanta
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01-18-2009, 12:34 AM
What's the Pred say?
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
That could be one of the worst games, if not the worst that the Predators have ever played in their entire franchise's history. The moment the first shift left the ice, the whole team just quit. Ellis sucked, Koistinen sucked hard, Erat sucked, the power play sucked... the only players that didn't outright suck were Rinne and Tootoo, and they looked average. We play a pretty fast and aggressive team... and we sit our fastest and arguably most aggressive player. Great way to match up against the opposition.
Peverley was a completely different player. He used his speed, was dominant in the face-off dot, and made a lot of things happen. Anderson has coached to Peverley's strengths and found a position that he could fill with his skill set. He's worthless on a checking line, where Trotz wanted to play him constantly, but he's been put alongside some skilled offensive players and doesn't have to constantly be concerned with his defensive positioning like he was here.
It's a prime example of coaching a player to his strengths rather than looking for a specific player and trying to force players into roles they may not be suited for.
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