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11-17-2011, 12:20 PM
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So what you are saying essentially is that Frederic St. Denis > Hal Gill.
You don't need blinding speed to clear the front of the net, block shots, and bring a solid veteran presence to a camp of young blueliners. If you measure Gill by what you see on highlight reels you end up with your impression. If you can see the intangibles that this guy brings to the team, we'll miss him if this were a long-term thing.
No, what I said was I didn't miss his absence. Whether St-Denis proves better is something the jury continues to deliberate. Funny you assume I only watch highlights, or make that insinuation all because I was critical of Gill, who frankly has not been good this season. He can block shots but don't overrate his intangibles. Gill has been struggling this year.
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If the young guys can prove to the coach that they can kill penalties almost as good as Gill, we may even see him be healthy scratched later in the year. The Islanders will be a bigger test tonight I imagine, so I'll hold my judgment until after the game. But I'm with you to a certain extent. What's most frustrating about Gill is that he's a giant who's not physical and slow as molasses. Smart, yes, and brilliant on the PK, yes, but he's way too hit or miss on 5-on-5. I really would like to see Emelin in particular come out tonight and have a dominating game. This is his big chance to show the coach his worth to the team after all.
Indeed, tonight will be more of test for our young guns, although Saturday against the Rangers could be the deciding factor. Long Island is struggling horribly, while the Rangers have a near ten game winning streak. If we roll with them, then Gill's spot could end up taken. I agree, he is fantastic on the PK however I don't think he a step above enough to warrant the woeful inconsistency 5-on-5. Once Markov is back, his role will be even further diminished. I'm looking forward to seeing what Emelin and St-Denis can do.
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