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07-09-2011, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Drop the Sopel View Post
Is Vigneault going to put the Sedins, Kesler, Edler and Ehrhoff in the press box?

It's not that Vigneault doesn't allow his star players to dress, it's that his decisions on depth positions will always lean towards the safest, least upside players he can get his hands on. The only part of the roster where decisions need to be made on who dresses and who sits is in the 6 hole on the backend and the 4th line. The 4th line has been an abject failure every year under AV and he has to take some responsibility for that. Zero goals in 25 games from the 4th line also falls directly at his feet.

Sergei Shirokov scored a goal in his first NHL game. He was rewarded by playing 5:00 the next night and never given another look at the NHL level. That's a problem. Especially considering the team was in a huge offensive slump at the time and couldn't score goals.

There's certainly an issue with Vigneault's decisions on the depth portion of this team and that can't be overlooked just because there are elite players at the top end of the roster doing ALL the scoring.
Oh boy.

1) Shirokov did not score in his "1st NHL Game". First game this year, yes. But he played 6 games the year before after making the team out of training camp, too. Apart from his 1 solitary NHL goal, he was easily outmuscled and spent most of his time swimming on the ice for the sum total of his 8 games of NHL action.

2) Tell me which forwards in our top six that any of Schroeder, Shiorkov, Hodgson or the like deserved to take the place of? Or in the top 9 for that matter? Not one of those guys was better suited to play there than the Twins, Burrows, Kesler, Raymond, Samuelsson, Hansen, Torres or Malhotra.

I completely disagree with the notion that there's issues with AV working the depth on this team. Guys like Schroeder and Shirokov simply weren't suited for a fourth line role, and weren't deserving of anything bigger than that. It's that simple.

I find it absolutely ridiculous that after guys like Bieksa, Edler, Burrows, Kesler, Raymond, Hansen and Schneider developed under AV's watch that there are still people questioning whether he's any good at developing our youth. He's a Jack Adams winner and has been a finalist two other times, and he also happened to steer this team to the Stanley Cup Final. The grass is always greener.

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