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12-15-2009, 11:35 AM
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Sorry, but Steves stats are terrible and I think it must be all changes. Not only couch.
I think virtually all of Mason's problems are due to the defense in front of him. He was having problems with rebound control earlier in the year, but over the course of the past few games, that's gotten much better and I think he may have worked that out. Other things I've noticed are:
1. He's coming out too far to challenge, even when play is reasonably close to the net. I think this has to do with the fact that he feels he can't rely on the D in front of him to harass incoming players, so he comes out in an attempt to stuff angles and possibly poke check, etc the puck-possessing player.
2. Once he gives up a rebound, the fact that he's come out so far means he's often out of position to defend and odd-angle shot on the rebound. That's partially his fault for being so far out of net, but it's the defense's responsibility to gather the rebound and turn up ice, or at least punch it into a corner and out of immediate danger.
I think these are the two reasons that behind-the-net is giving us such a problem. What seems to happen is that play goes back behind him and he moves to cover one side of the net or the other, but he covers it so tightly - almost the extent that he's not in the frame of the net but is actually sort of corner to the net and looking back - when the puck squirts up front, he has almost no chance to slide and cover because he's left so much open.
If he could trust the D to keep the puck in check and give him support, I think he'd be OK.
I wouldn't trade him at this point for anything he's likely to command in return. Unless he gets us a true first line proven NHL center or a true two way defenseman, the return is too low. You can't deal away a player just because of one bad season, especially when his poor play is likely to be a result of poor play around him.
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