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02-04-2013, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by SJeasy View Post
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.
Its funny, because wingels was amazing at the possession game within the top 6, but when he is asked to really be the fulcrum he seems kind of lost.

It is a lot harder to be patient with them in a shortened season. but i wouldnt knee jerk with any trades regarding wingels, sheppard, or galiardi.

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