Has Avery Just Played Himself Off This Team?
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03-16-2011, 07:29 PM
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I'm saying if you put a player on a leash and you have a vendetta against them there's no way you would also give him first line ice time. he's too inconsistent to deserve it over all the other forwards
You're supporting this leash/vendetta theory, because Torts hasn't given him first line ice time. 11 minutes per game with no PP time is not first line ice time. Over the course of a full season a dozen forwards are on the "first line" at one point or another for various reasons. That doesn't mean they're all getting first line ice time in the way you're using it. You have to look at minutes per game over a decent sample size to determine who the coach is giving ice time to.
The leash thing, the decreased effectiveness and decrease ice time are all related. But he's still done alright with what he's gotten. Go check out every player in the league who's gotten 11-12 minutes per game and you'll see he's been more productive than all of them except for 2 guys. That's not bad at all. He's not having his best season but he also isn't completely useless just because he took 2 bad penalties in a 6-3 game.
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