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01-28-2013, 11:30 AM
Join Date: Nov 2007
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I still think it's a system issue myself. How does an entire team regress offensively like this? It's not just this season either, it started toward the last quarter of last season. If it wasn't for the powerplay last season our offensive numbers would had been awful.
This is a very good point. If you do not play the system you find yourself playing 4th line minutes, scratched or leaving your contract for the KHL. For the most part veterans with offensive games have not lasted either, even though they have an established NHL game. Heck some become the whipping boy of even the fans Dumont is an example. The guy offensivly was as good as any player on the team was given time to change his game did not the was incrementally move down on the depth chart and bought out. He was not an elite player but had abilities far superior to the pile of 4th liners that continued on.
It basically comes down to one thing, elite players have NTC's UFA's have choice where there going to play. Nashville has not shown in the past to be a career enhancing place to be. Nashvilles strong point has been to draft and train top pair defensemen and thired line offensive players. The one offensive gem that came thru the system soured on the situation and sold out to the KHL. Not every top offensive prospect works out. For the most part our top offensive prospects seem to be at best 3rd line talent including Austin Watson. Some here contend he is an elite prospect while most scouting reports outside the Preds system place his potential to be a 3rd liner prospect bordering on 2nd line.
This is the poop on what Hockeys future thinks.
"Watson is a solid two-way centerman but with the versatility to play the wing and the shutdown role against the opposition's best forwards. He can take over games with his effort and determination. The big forward does all the little things well in order to win hockey games: blocking shots, making the big hit, winning the important face-offs and scoring the timely goals. The first round pick has good offensive skills but does not project into a big goal scorer at the NHL level just a solid shutdown center with some offensive upside. Watson is the type of player that a team needs to win playoff games.
This is not going to help the current situation even when he is ready. His shutdown role will probably earn him 1st line duties here. Why its because its what Trotz does.
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