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Canucks sign D Chris Tanev
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06-01-2010, 03:23 AM
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Agreed. The fact that he was good enough to be playing D in junior hockey at under 5'8" is promising, at that size you have to learn to use solid positioning and smart plays to compensate for your lack of size. Shooting up 6 inches after that is just a bonus.
I can think of something else that just shot up after hearing all those positives about Tanev!
Anyway, that definitely is good to hear. It seems like Gillis is really following through on his objective of getting smart players for this organization. And that growth spurt really is just gravy.
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I don't think it would be a bad thing for Ellington to be punted. I've seen most of his home games, and while he played better after being returned from the Moose, late in the season, he still was pretty scary in his own zone. And 'better' is a subjective term because he really couldn't have played much worse at the beginning of the season.
The one constant in his game all season though has been that he constantly is beaten wide and he makes terrible decisions under presure.
The thing that drives me most nuts is that he isn't a physical d-man at all, and to me it looks like there are two reasons for that: one he is too slow to get there, and two he thinks he is a skill player. It didn't help the second reason that he was being force fed power-play time near the end of the S-King season...
Did you watch him many times over the course of the season? I had heard about his decision-making under pressure, along the lines of it being not so great at all. Is he really that slow? I've heard conflicting reports about his skating, so I have no idea what to believe
Also, did it seem like the S-Kings' coach tried to help him improve his mental game? Did he show any signs of improvement throughout the season in that regard at all? I definitely remember him pinching a few times in one of his call-ups to the Moose this year, and that struck me as quite odd, as that wasn't really supposed to be what sort of player he was.
It seems to me like he is being pressured into changing his game to that of a more offensively-inclined playing style, what with Gillis' organizational mandate for a more up-tempo, aggressive system. Therefore he might not hit as much, and focus more on creating offense by taking more chances in the attacking zone. Maybe that's why he's looked bad?
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