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Kings AHL / Manchester Monarchs 2011-2012 Update Thread
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11-20-2011, 08:27 AM
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There aren't many excuses left at this point, but I'd have to place some of the blame on guys like Hickey, Cliche, Clune, King, Azevedo, Meckler and Zatkoff for not stepping up as veterans and leaders for some of the other guys on the roster considering many of that group have at least two full seasons in the AHL under their belts.
cliche has actually been playing pretty well. with the departure of lokti, he's the team's leading scorer. he logs huge minutes on PK (along with campbell), and is generally pretty effective.
zatkoff has had some great games in the last couple of weeks. he's given up a few clunkers, but has been sharing playing time with jones. both goalies have been bombarded with lots of shots, and i'm frankly surprised that the scores in games they've lost are quite low.
azevedo works hard, but really seems lost without his best bud, holloway.
clune's role is definitely not to be a leading scorer. he does get points, but he's on a hard-playing, hard checking line, mostly with cliche and meckler.
i think the "older" guys are providing leadership. it may be that the youngsters are just that dense. they're all used to being "stars" in juniors, and they're having a hard time making the transition to being just one cog in a bigger wheel.
i tend to agree that a part of the issue is with coaching. morris is the eternal optimist, and sees the good in every crappy outcome. even when they play like total crap, he finds some positive. his public persona may be different than what goes on in the locker room, but i think we fans would appreciate it if he said they sucked once in a while.
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