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02-11-2013, 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by juantimer View Post
Actually it was reported that he was deliberately shooting more, so it wasn't just a coincidence.



Team didn't dominate the puck then like it does now. And that's kind of the rub, isn't it? Joe is a nearly generational playmaker. He is not nearly as good of a scorer. Tailoring the system to his possession skills has proven more successful than trying to square peg him by having him carry the goalscoring load as well.
You take the reports with a grain of salt. Thornton has said numerous times over the years that he is trying to shoot the puck more yet he really doesn't. The team may not have dominated the puck in his early years but he sure as hell did. That's less of an excuse for him not to shoot when he's showing to be the only one reliable enough to maintain possession of the puck. The thought that shooting the puck for Joe Thornton is a square peg in a round hole is exactly the problem he has. That mentality has to go. Nobody should be shrugging the responsibilities of shooting the puck. That's like saying someone shouldn't have to defend or shouldn't have to pass. That is a basic necessity of a hockey player.

And the reality is that if he wants to win the Cup, he's going to have to take on a more selfish attitude to do it instead of waiting until their backs are against the wall like normal.

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Originally Posted by superroyain10 View Post


Well said.

Many great playmakers dot the league's history. The most successful ones have a common thread of shooting more and scoring more come playoff time. Adam Oates, Peter Forsberg, Wayne Gretzky...
I hope he realizes that but chances are he won't. He's very stubborn.

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Last year in the playoffs he was tied for 2nd most shots on the team after Couture.
We're also talking a five game sample size AND the bulk of his production came when they were behind. They were mostly snuffed and Thornton was not even remotely a threat to score goals when the game was tied. He was still playing the role of passer and then when it got late and they were behind by a couple goals, that's when he decided it was time to take it into his own hands. He has to have that mentality from the first puck drop.

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