Gameday thread: Wild @ Avalanche, Nov. 4
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11-05-2003, 12:39 PM
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I also hope that this game shows some Daigle bashers his value to the team. He is a great offensive player and PP guy. His passing rivals Brunette's, but he can move a lot quicker than Bruno.
Daigle would have more value to the team if his assets and/or his downfalls were unique. Daigle's playmaking and shot can be matched by other Wild players. His speed is not unique either.
Yet his weaknesses (size/strength) is prevalent throughout the lineup, and the team doesn't need another PP specialist that is considered vulnerable 5 on 5.
Despite playing similar minutes is Daigle, the "great offensive player and PP guy", more productive on the PP than Bruno? No, not right now. Is he more productive at even strength aided by moving "a lot quicker than Bruno"? No, not right now.
Zholtok and Bouchard (both lacking defense and Daigle speed...both most useful on the PP than ES or PK) are both outscoring Daigle in points per game.
Laaksonen, Park, and Walz (all more versatile players) are outscoring him. Daigle's usual linemates have the same number of points. Daigle is tied for 8th in scoring on the team.
I don't think anyone is "bashing" Daigle, his game has its place. However, the reality is in order for him to be most useful/valuable to the team (because he is predominately a one dimensional player) he has to put up points. If he can put up points he'll stay, but IMO he's not worth keeping around if he can't. When I look at the scoresheet and watch the games I see more to be desired.
That is not to say he can't turn it around, but based on the players the Wild already have invested in and history, I'd say the odds are against Alexandre.
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