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08-11-2012, 03:20 PM
Give 'em Enough Rope
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The issue with Adam was not his lack of offensive production---he had 20 pts in 25 games but was NOT part of the PP.
The issue was his defensive lapses the Ruff got on his back about.
Remember last year was officially is rookie year. There is still time for him to grow and gain more confidence.
Adam had 9 points in his last 41 games last year. He stopped producing points after the debacle against the Bruins (on for four goals against, picked up a PP assist) except for a few games with Leino and Kassian in mid-December. From that Bruin game to the Leino centered line was a couple of weeks of poor all around play, not just defensively. He didn't play well and Ruff pulled him off the top line with Vanek and Pominville. He had middling success for a few games on the other line, then it went south there too and he didn't recover. I think Ruff lives with the lack of footspeed on his back checking or the blown d-zone positioning or the poor faceoff percentage if he was producing anything in the offensive zone. He didn't.
And yes, last year was only his second pro year and basically a rooky season in the NHL. He still needs to improve his game and what he does do looks like a much better fit as a second line LW and PP specialist than it does as an NHL center.
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