Thread: Recalled/Assigned: O'Reilly assigned to Portland
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01-17-2012, 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted by jkelley View Post
Just check the stats-not even close in games played goals assists expierence and winning percentage while being in the NHL lineups.Sully is better than all of them and has proved it. All he needs is the Opportunity with other players that have hands and not cement mitts found on the 3rd and 4th lines.Same ol' just different sized lumps,give it a shake.
I think we need to clear something up.

O'Sullivan was asked to play on the 4th line, that's true. And it's also true that you can't expect a player to set the league on fire when he's getting 4th-line minutes game in and game out.

What you seem to have missed is that Dave Tippett knows this. He wasn't expecting O'Sullivan to produce like a 1st liner playing 4th-line minutes with 4th-line talent. That was never the point.

Rather, Tippett was asking O'Sullivan to prove that he could be an NHL-caliber player in all three zones, and to show that he could help a moribund power play. If POS could do that, he'd stay up and play more.

That didn't happen. Now POS is behind COR, MAP, and Brule on the organizational depth chart, because those players have shown more when given the same opportunity. There's nothing insidious or mind-bending about it. Why do you keep insisting on giving POS an expanded role when he couldn't justify even a limited one?

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