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11-13-2011, 11:37 AM
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Martin has never been about aggression. He likes his players smart and well positioned. Aggressive hitting machines are usually the exact opposite. That's why we have so few, that's why Moen turned into a much softer version of his former self. That's also probably why we haven't seen PK go for the big hit in a while and why O'Byrne never got the confidence from the coach. Also why Emelin will likely suffer the same fate. It's all very predictable.
The only thing that could save Emelin right now is if he can demonstrate he can play mistake free positional hockey, which he hasn't done yet. It's a bit unfair to him because his game is about aggression and he's clearly being held back, just like all the other I'm sure very frustrated physical players that have played for Martin in the past.
As long as Martin coaches this team, there will not be an overly aggressive player on it, especially a young unproven one, simply because it goes against what he preaches.
Emelin will play his few games this year, maybe an injury will occur and he will replace that player and show how good he really is. The problem is that our defencemen are playing well right now so we have no need to switch it up. Weber is arguably our best defenceman this year. Diaz is having a solid year considering this is his first year in the NHL, Gill is essential to the penalty kill, Subban is maybe not scoring as much, but he is playing good hockey, Gorges is also playing well and Spacek is a good veteran that we need in the lineup alongside Gill to help mentor the newer guys.
Once Campoli and Markov returns, I expect there to be a trade because of the logjam on defence and hopefully it will be an offensive defenceman is markov returns to his full form because having Weber, Diaz, Subban, Campoli and Markov is too repetitive.
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