does ott stay on the first line?
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12-21-2005, 02:55 PM
Join Date: Feb 2005
Habs13 - Ott is taking very, very few dumb penalties this year. It's one of the biggest changes in his game from the first few sesaon, where his MO was to take stupid penalties out of frustration or just brainfarts. Most of his PIMs are from fights early in the season. He's earned a little bit of time on the upper lines through his grit.
Other Hamilton prospects - Ellis is in Iowa pulling the jekyll/hyde routine that's plagued him for a while, splitting time with Mike Smith. Miettinen has been very good so far even if his numbers don't jump out at anyone. He's been playing on all the top three lines and really impressed. And Daley is a stud who seems to have figured out when to pinch/when to hang back. He's been really good this season.
And Heywood - most of Ott's PIMs happened at the beginning of the season when no one on the Stars was really a fighter, and the responsibility of matching up with the other team's goon went to him. In early November, the team picked up Nathan Perrott to fill that role and has also seen more of John Erskine (as Boucher is injured), both of whom have taken over the fighting duties from Ott. He's too small to fight on a consistant basis with the league heavyweights, though he's a very good feather/middleweight when he matches up wih guys like Tucker.
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