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05-26-2012, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Sharksrule04 View Post
Are you serious? Haha, and he doesn't get the full attention playing on Columbus? He is the only threat on that team. All opponents focus on him.
Absolutely serious. Coaches often times make the conscious choice to shelter their offensive players in one way or another. McLellan doesn't. The obvious example are the Sedins with how much offensive zone starts they get. The difference between what Nash has gotten and what he'd get here riding shotgun with Thornton will be tremendous. One, he got about 53% of his shifts starting in the offensive zone. Two, his competition was noticeably lower than Thornton and Pavelski. In San Jose, if he's playing with Thornton, he's seeing considerably less offensive zone starts unless there is a change of heart and he is seeing a noticeably higher set of competition.

Just because he's their only threat doesn't mean a coach can't have an impact on matchups and doesn't have opportunities to throw him out in favorable situations. And when you combine that little bit of knowledge with the reality that he won't see the puck as often when it's on Thornton's stick and the thought that his production is going to skyrocket should be thrown out the door. He's a damn good player but he isn't worth the cost to acquire nor his contract.

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