Thread: Confirmed with Link: Sharks sign Brad Stuart (3 years, $3.6 per)
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06-27-2012, 01:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Sharksfan83 View Post
Why do people keep calling JT slow? He's not electrically fast, but he isn't slow.

He plays a slow game I guess? If that's what we call it? But he's not a slow skater.
Thornton is average in speed/acceleration and is a guy that plays slow. That makes for a slow player. He's not a slow skater. He's average. The Sharks need speed in their top six and Thornton is not in that mold but obviously they will work around him in that regard.

The team can vastly improve their chances with or without the speed increase by finding a way to get Thornton to take more responsibility than he does when it comes to shooting the puck and scoring goals. He's the only guy that you can honestly say is being a selfish player by looking to pass the puck even if he has the best shooting opportunity.

If Thornton made it a personal goal for him to get 35 goals and get into the mentality that he needs to be a goal scorer for the team to take that next step, they would probably actually take that next step since that creates a huge new dynamic that I doubt anyone could really defend given Thornton's talent level.

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