Less and less talent on this team, anybody else worried?
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02-27-2012, 08:41 PM
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I was discussing that last time and how RC killed even more the little skill we had.
Not one of those guys can actually deke out an opponent. They will try to outskate by inside or out, crash the net, or take a shot, but never deke.
AK and Eller were the only two that could. But, AK turns the puck over trying to do that and he gets glued to the bench, then is told to follow the dump and chase peewee style system.
Remember earlier this year when Eller was getting some favorable match ups and was paired with AK/Moen? They dominated and controlled the play continuously in the offensive zone. Eller lacked finish, but he was getting a lot of chances. They were by far our most creative trio.
With AK gone now, we only have Eller that is capable of it, but even he isn't all that great to it. Very similar to Plekanec but a little bit better.
It's really bad..
I'm more worried about no one challenging defensemen. AK was the ONLY player on this team that would sometimes cut accross the middle and try to take a screen shot. So either defensemen had to step up and give up some ice to the other attacking players or keep backing up making it easier to make plays at the top of the zone. Not that he did it much late in this season since he'd get benched whenever he lost the puck.
We now have 0 threat off the rush. All we have now is stuff like Gionta's patented gain-the-blue-line-and-throw-a-shot-on-net or the chip it in and chase it. Never seen a team this deprived of offensive creativity.
Of course we're easy to shut down. Perimeter play and good ol' work down low.
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If he puts it together, Avtsin has the same skillset as Andrei. Next year is make or break for him though, if he doesn't go back to Russia.
Except he's terrible.
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