The Alexei Emelin Thread
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12-21-2011, 04:38 PM
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Gauthier brings in Campoli, Diaz, Kaberle this year.
Would you consider any of those three to be physical?
Sure, he signed Emelin but here we are on a thread talking about Emelin not getting playing time.
I agree that hockey is not one dimensional. You need your shut down DMen. Check, we have that. You need your playmakers. Check, we have that. You need your physical DMen. Check, ooops, we dont have that. He is press boxed.
Physicality lately has been the least dimension used in Montreal. And, Gauthier is in charge of that. Carriere is his Assistant GM/non coach Assistant Coach.
Finally, I laugh about all of the players that we have "in the future". Until Tinordi is playing regular shifts for the Habs, he is simply wishful thinking.
All fair points. But that doesn't mean Gauthier doesn't like physical players or defensemen. Guys who are known for physical play AND who are good all around defensemen don't grow on trees and teams tend to want to keep them.
Emelin is physical, but there are other areas they believe he needs improving in (regardless of whether you agree with that or not that is what they think). They aren't benching him because they think he's too physical. They are benching him because they believe he needs to work on other aspects of his game.
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