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02-07-2013, 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted by rbarker26 View Post
Excellent points here. Like you said, if Jumbo can adapt his game to what the defense is giving and taking away, he and the sharks will be much more dangerous and harder to defender.

Another point, Drew brought this up last game vs Chicago, is Joe's movement in the offensive zone (especially on the pp). I feel like lately he has barely even moved without the puck. He starts moving with/without the puck, that is going to open up shooting/passing lanes.
Again, this is the point. We've seen for several years now that he can be shut down for whatever reason, especially when penalties stop being called or we face strong defensive teams. He's is not currently a player that plays far enough above the level of other best players in the league in situations that favor defense, to create reliable offense (in fairness, I don't know if any player does). We are several years into the experiment, and at what point to do we stop hoping he does, and start using him in a way that maximizes the value of what he DOES do?

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