Thread: JVR's ice time
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10-25-2011, 02:15 PM
Jack de la Hoya
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1) I have a strange feeling, completely without hard evidence, that JVR might just be a slow-starter.

2) I think he's been more affected by the shuffling of the lines than anyone but Briere. He's at his best playing with the puck on his stick, and Jagr-Roo didn't really allow him to do that. He's also been shuffled to a few different lines so far, so he'll need some time to settle in.

3) He's still a relatively young player, particularly for a PWF. I'm not saying the playoff performance was an aberration--but I don't think it was reasonable to expect him to maintain that level of performance thoughout the season.

4) A few of the recent games were penalty-fests--a ton of special teams play, which kept the team from getting in a rhythm, and kept JVR off the ice for long periods of time.

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