6/16 Discussion - Grading Todd Richards' Performance
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06-18-2010, 08:17 AM
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Havlat is the beneficial player when he is surrounded by other top talent. He was playing on a line pretty regularly with Versteeg and Sharp in Chicago and it worked out fine for them during the playoffs last year. Same with Ottawa.
Havlat was a PPG player in Ottawa but he was always on the 2nd or 3rd line and oftentimes playing with 'scrubs' like Peter Schaefer simply because of Ottawa's depth in talent back in those days.
If you look at Chicago's team stats in 2006-2007...he was far ahead of everyone else on the team in stats, including guys like Patrick Sharp i.e. he was able to produce singlehandedly and still be a PPG player on a crap team with little or no support and with all the other teams' top defensemen against him.
And his last season in Chicago he was 'demoted' to the third line with Dave Bolland and Andrew Ladd (who up until that point were nothing). They were Chicago's checking line, always on the ice against the other teams' top lines...and despite being on a checking line he still led the team in points and had one of the highest +/-'s
Havlat doesn't need to play with top talent to produce. Something else went wrong last season, I think.
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