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01-23-2013, 07:15 AM
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: The Triangle
Semin's SOG are low because he's consciously holding onto the puck to create chances for his linemates. How many times has he had the puck on the PP and walked it down, just to move it at the last second? His playmaking is much better than I thought, and in the long run that is more valuable to this team than a guy who takes 10 shots a game.
Faulk has been a defensive beast. I had a Leafs fan tell me this summer that Faulk is clear-cut below Jake Gardiner because they're both offensive dmen and Gardiner is more skilled. Hopefully the league starts to wake up to what this kid does in his own zone.
Our defense as a whole is getting physically overwhelmed and the forwards aren't much better. IMO, Jordan has actually looked pretty solid as the only forward who takes the body on a regular basis. Ruutu left a big hole, and even his mediocre offense is missed right now.
Why is Westgarth in the lineup? The guy played three minutes on a night where the captain was out there trying to fight people and the team spent the last 10 minutes looking shellshocked. 3 minutes is a waste of a roster spot, particularly in a game where the team is getting manhandled in front of a booing sellout crowd. Either use the guy or put Boychuk back in the lineup.
Speaking of player usage, it's hard to believe that Sanguinetti only played 13 minutes because I swear he and Pitkanen were out there for every important defensive zone draw. It's completely baffling to me why Sangs would EVER be out for a draw on his own side of the red line, let alone doing it repeatedly. If they're trying to showcase this guy for a trade, Muller is really going about it the wrong way.
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