Thread: Stu Bickel
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05-03-2012, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by eco's bones View Post
Staal, Girardi and McDonagh are all legit shut down guys who can eat up minutes.

Have to ask Torts why he dresses Bickel instead of Eminger. Bickel has not been getting much ice time throughout the playoffs so I don't see last night's ice time as a big issue.

Here are his times on ice:

Ottawa
1. 6.42
2. 3.40
3. 9.18
4. 3.33
5. 4.59
6. 1.59
7. 3.46

Washington
1. 5.31
2. 3.07
3. 3.24

Torts obviously thinks he can lean on guys like Staal, Girardi, McDonagh and Del Zotto--going to play them a lot. Staal and McD had more minutes last night than Bickel has accumulated the entire playoffs playing every game.
Because even in that limited time, he provides more of an element of the game than Eminger can provide.

If anything, the people saying that Torts doesn't trust Bickel have it wrong. By the looks of it, he trusts Bickel more than Eminger or Woywitka because Stu is the guy that continues to dress every night, regardless of the limited TOI.

Bickel is making rookie mistakes at the most inopportune times, but he is a better defenceman than the other two options.

That said, I do think I would sit him for game 4.

Also, I don't think he was silking on the bench, I think the picture that was taken was done so at the perfect time to make it look like he was sad.

I have no doubt in my mind that he was watching, learning and taking in the experience and growing from the mistakes he has made the lfew games.

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