Tortorella's System Cannot Work with this Roster
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12-02-2009, 12:46 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Elmira NY
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There's nothing strange about it, and it can be explained very easily. There is no one on the team to get these players the puck. Simple as that. No mystery. I can't fathom how people have a hard time grasping this notion. A team full of grinders can't score goals without playmakers. It isn't going to happen on any team, under any coach, or in any system.
Every player on the squad who is "under-performing" has yet to display the ability to create offense for themselves in this league. All have flourished while playing with more skilled players. The fact that they can't produce without skill players to complement is hardly surprising, strange, mysterious, inexplicable, etc.
Bringing us back to Drury. He's a center but he's not a puck distributor. He's a shoot first guy--as are a lot of the guys Torts has played with him--Callahan, Kotalik, Higgins. Prospal will make plays--Gaborik can make plays but those two belong with each other--have good chemistry. Dubinsky is inconsistent but will share the puck as well. Other than those three guys--one of whom is injured no one makes plays.
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