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02-04-2013, 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by do0glas View Post
Never saw wingels as a sniper, but he for sure isnt getting into the dirty areas, nor is he trying anything risky. you have to be willing to lose possession to create scoring oppurtunities, and as long as you are a quality back checker it shouldnt cause the team too many issues.

galiardi hasnt done well, he isnt playing within the system and he loses the puck all the time. hes just a step behind the play.

sheppard i disagree with, I think he is winning the puck and cycling it quick off of his stick. its really clowe where the play dissolves and causes him to have to back skate. but thats just general eye test, im guessing youve paid closer attention, easy.
Wingels isn't a great sniper and he isn't getting to the areas much. He is spending a lot of time being first in and trying to get it to Handzus, et al. He fell off with that job for the 2 games prior to his benching.

A lot of it is the chip game. The chips need to be precise and shallow enough and the winger quick enough to get clean wins. The Sharks as a team are playing too safe with the chips which means tie ups rather than clean wins as the most optimal result. One of the reasons the top lines are better is that they are better with chips and even more so when all the guys who can carry the line on the rare occasion are on the top 2 lines. The tie ups mean the F1 will have a hard time getting to the dirty areas. F1's are usually the ones who get the least number of points on a line. F3's are usually the prime snipers. And I agree that Wingels has been getting less opportunities than other guys who might play F1. An easy statistical way to check opportunities on snipers is shots/game. A third liner should be around 2/game if he isn't an F2. Wingels isn't close.

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