Thread: Value of: Setoguchi to Toronto
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01-23-2011, 11:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Sharks4Life View Post
He hasn't played like that since his first year, but thanks for not trying to trail off into a comment of how he is trash.
He also hasn't done much offensively since his first year. Even in his 2nd year, he played a significant portion of his time with Clowe/Pavelski or Thornton/Heatley. He's always benefitted from having at least 1 bigger guy who plays out of the corners on his line.

Toronto's problem is that they are filled with those types of players. Kessel works from the high slot trying to find a gap in coverage. The Grabo line consistently tries to work the puck south along the boards to get Grabo or Kulemin into the high slot with the puck. Versteeg is a player who much like Kessel tries to play from the high slot.

In the context of a winger, they need a guy who can go into the corners, gain and maintain possesion of the puck until somebody gets open, draw pressure down (in order to open up space in the slot), and is capable of both making a good pass under pressure and driving the net. In the context of a centre, Toronto really just needs any decent playmaker that belongs in a top 6 to improve their depth at the position.

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