Thread: Carl Hagelin
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01-30-2013, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by MPF24 View Post
Offensively, right now, yes. Since offense isn't the only thing there is in hockey (though you're making a strong case for that being your overriding belief today), that's really nothing more than another one of your beloved over-dramatic statements which I don't share your enthusiasm for. But without getting into the other uses a forward can have besides scoring, that was kind of the point of my post. Guys like Hagelin and Stepan aren't consistent. That's not the problem with this team. If they were consistent, they would end up costing us a lot more money and be much more coveted players overall. The problem with this roster is that we don't have ENOUGH inconsistent (read: supplementary) offensive threats backing up the consistent ones (Richards, Gaborik, Nash and Callahan who is borderline). Hagelin and Stepan are legitimate supplementary threats, but they run hot and cold with Stepan being much more legitimate, and close to consistent than Hagelin. Boyle, Pyatt, Kreider, Ferriero, Rupp, Asham and Halpern all vary from infrequent offensive threat to almost never and only Kreider really has the potential to improve. With Callahan out of the lineup, we really only have three consistent offensive players, two inconsistent, supplemental scorers and 7 players who can barely provide any offense. That's the problem. If we had 5 guys who were threats, albeit inconsistent ones, it wouldn't matter that Stepan can't buy a goal right now (still producing assists) and Hagelin is totally cold because SOMEBODY would be scoring. But since we only have two other options now, it's painfully and drastically obvious that we're lacking scoring depth. Again, the answer isn't waiting for Hagelin to morph into a consistent guy who produces points every night; it's adding players who actually are semi-regular offensive threats to the equation.
I don't disagree, at all.

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