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10-09-2012, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Shady Machine View Post
Let's at least give Tangradi one full NHL season before we make statements like this. Malone's 1st season wasn't until age 24. Tangradi is 23. I'm not predicting him to be Ryan Malone, but I'm also not ready to write him off.
The problem is that Malone was playing in College and was a go to guy there, with Pittsburgh it seems like Tangradi has zero confidence from the NHL coaching staff.
Malone spent 4yrs with SCS, in those 4yrs, he played 40 or so games and had a lot of time to bulk up and fix his game with longer off seasons. Malone also came into a Pens team that was probably going to throw him in the top 6 anyway because they were so desperate for help for offense, Tangradi is stepping on to a team that is an offensive power house boasting a 2 very good top 6 wingers and 2 of the best centers in the game. Bylsma also seems to have zero confidence in him doing anything worth while with skilled players, which sucks because the brief moment he was playing in the playoffs last year, he looked good.

When no one has confidence in you and they give you piss poor minutes with fringe guys like Adams and an energy prototypical 4th line center like Vitale, you aren't going to blossom into anything but what that role on that line needs.

Put a guy with skill with skilled players and let that side of his game develop, if he struggles, at worst, put him with Sutter and let his game rub off on him a little before he's ready to get back into the top 6.

Bylsma, while getting a crap load of praise for the run and then the Adams, is absolutely atrocious with dealing with rookie/young forwards.

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