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11-24-2012, 01:46 PM
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Zandar
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continuing with my previous post...

VDG (and a lot of LE) falls into the hard working meat and potato guys. They will have their streaks of success but won't be offensive juggernauts. Players with the creativity and skill, like Sgar and Aggz, will have the potential to make a bigger impact on the score sheet. Because of this, LE's coach seems to favor the fast and hard working approach with a dump and chase game plan. The skilled players have been able to "survive" in that system and have improved offensively when paired with other players with skill...such as on the powerplay or in Sgar's case...on the first line. You will notice that when teams adjust to LE, the players who are still most effective are the ones with the skills and creativity to break through. Unfortunately that is limited in the forward ranks and the defense isn't good enough (outside the top pairing) to allow someone like Elliott to jump in and be creative throwing the other team off their game plan. Until you start loading up the scoring lines with Sgar, Aggz, Lerg, Olver and Connolly (when he's up to speed...pun intended), the offense will mostly come from garbage goals, chances created from Walker/Carey's speed, Barrie jumping in or on the powerplay. I don't think LE is going to roll the " All 5'9 " line any time soon so the forwards with skill will have mixed results as they aren't big enough to have continued success doing dump and chase and their linemates aren't at the same level to have the line running on all cylinders.

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