Kostitsyn versus Pacioretty
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06-11-2011, 09:30 AM
Qui Gon Dave
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Cheshire, England
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It's too bad he's scared to get the dirty goals.That is the reason you see Darsche on the PP. AK won't go to the net.
That arguement might have some merit, if, you know, Andrei didn't tend play the 'Darche' role on the other PP unit.
Darche, IMO, plays the front of the net role better than anyone else on the team because he has the size and determination to stay there. The other side of that coin however, would probably be that he doesn't have the skills to QB the PP or play on the half boards getting tee'd up by others to shoot. He has his role on the PP, knows what it is and knows that if he doesn't do it, he won't get any PP time.
While AK may not be perfect when playing that role, he does a good enough job to convince JM to play him there most of the time. And considering that most of his career before the NHL he would have played the point like he does with Belarus or played on the half boards where his passing and shooting skills can be utilised, I'd say he's taken to his role to help his team pretty well. Of course, every now and again he looks to pop out into the open space between the PKers because he has the skills to make something happen from there (that and he probably gets a bit bored waiting for someone to get the puck to the net) but he does score a bunch of his goals from the front of the net. So if he really is scared of going to the front of the net, then he deserves extra credit for fighting through his fears and doing something that scares him for the benefit of his team. Right?
Also, didn't Lats gets traded partly because he wouldn't go to the net enough? And apparently Andrei suffers from the same thing yet he is still on the team. Guess he must be
important to the team if he is still here despite his refusal to go to the net.
Although the more likely explanation is you just want to try and put him down so you make up an excuse despite the evidence to the contrary.
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