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02-15-2013, 09:12 PM
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Originally Posted by LAIslanderFan View Post
The only thing I ask, is that you watch Moulson's play in the offensive zone away from the puck.
If he has a shot at playing the puck against the boards or behind the net, he intentionallytakes a bad angle, to avoid physical contact. This insures the defender can clear the zone, meaning less time in the offensive zone, and less chance for a scoring opportunity.
Moulson is not an asset, he's a detriment. Please focus on him, especially when the puck is along the boards on his wing. Watch his pursuit closely! He's allowing the play to leave the offensive zone, because he's a soft player and has gotten used to JT doing all the dirty work for him. That's not what you want your star player to do, to take the physical battle day in and day out. Eventually JT will wear down and get injured. Then Matty will score 12 goals a year and end up like Mark Parrish, an NHL journeymen.
I've watched him and agreed, I think you're missing my point.

Name some players who can finish like Moulson, battle in the corners, and are defensively responsible. All of the players you list will be stars. Moulson is not a star and we don't have that player on this team. Moulson does some things well so you don't change it. He doesn't need to battle in the corner if JT and another player will.

Crosby doesn't have someone dish him the puck, he goes and gets it. I can't tell you how many times I've seen Crosby dump it in and go work for the puck. He works in the corner and sets up Neil for a million points. Stars do grind it out in the corner and that's why they are stars, because they do everything well. I don't want a player like Gaborik as my star player/centerpiece, since all he does is shoot.

I'd like Moulson to change his game a bit like you're saying, but it also isn't an absolute requirement and you don't remove or replace a 30+ goal scorer without knowing for sure what you're getting.

Originally Posted by RMimagery View Post
You're not totally wrong but that's a bit harsh. Moulson is not an elite 2 way player but he does what he does very well. And you can't deny his chemistry with JT. He can dish a pass too and usually knows what John will do or where he'll be. He saucered a fantastic pass in the 3rd, past 2 Rangers that John almost scored on, but his weight was on his back foot. He is one dimensional but it's a big dimension, especially when paired with JT.

I'd love a Ryan Callahan type - big, mobile and smart to open up some space for John. I think Callahan is Ullstrom's upside, we'll see.
Callahan is the type of guy needed for sure, then you wouldn't need Moulson to change at all.

Moulson is not a "star player" and doesn't need to be. If he can keep putting 30+ goals in like he has, he can say there. Plus, have you looked at his games played, because he hasn't missed a game as an Islander. Almost unreal for a guy with his frame. He takes his punishment and comes back out every shift. 69 points last season and a +1. Consider me a fan for what he does for us.
Right. With all the problems our team has, he isn't one we should concern ourselves with right now.

TriCycleDriveBy, I obviously totally agree with this... "It's not building around Moulson, it's building around JT. It's giving him someone he can pass to and knows will finish. What that line needs is someone else who has the ability to puck control from the corner to free up Tavares so he can get more open looks. If they had that, then the other team has to worry about JT's playmaking ability and Moulson being able to finish. You don't want it to be a scenario where if they shut down Tavares the line sucks."
We seem to be seeing eye to eye on this issue.

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