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04-16-2012, 06:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Nalyd Psycho View Post
There are other reasons. As I stated before, Edler playing some of the worst hockey of his career is really hurting our ability to get any flow to our game. But Daniel's absence is likely why we are so snakebitten. Put him in the line up and we actually convert on Henrik's passes. This is also where the Hodgson trade hurts. We may have great depth up front, but so many player seem prone to reverting to being a grinder. We need more players that will be skill first.
The sad thing is that we traded away skill to get players that are by nature grinders because we apparently lost the finals due to a lack of toughness. Hodgson definitely played soft minutes, but he was able to score in those minutes, which is better than many on the team now could say. I'd rather have had Samuelsson last game than Booth, especially considering how awesome Sammy was against LA two years ago.

The issue with the the team seems to be that the finesse skill players go invisible, and the tough skilled players become grinders. In order to win, you need grinders to become powerforwards and invisible perimeter players to become snipers. If Jannik Hansen could capitalize on every chance he's had or if Ryan Kesler could somehow have the same effort level as the regular season edition of Chris Higgins, the Canucks would be up 3-0.

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