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03-03-2013, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by DespoticNewt View Post
Agreed. We love the team, but aren't blind to the reality that we don't have the talent to succeed where others do. We don't have Richards, Carter, Kopitar, Oshie, Tarasenko, Backes, Toews, Kane, Hossa, Sharp, Duchene, Datsyuk, Selanne, Benn, Perry, Getzlaf, Hall, RNH, Sedins, Crosby, Malkin, Staals, Conacher, Stamkos, etc. We don't have pure, 'dazzle me with your skill' players. What we do have are hard nosed grinders that can play a team game and wear your opponents down with a forecheck, but only if they play like that. There can't be too many nights off for this team to succeed.
Kane doesn't score many goals without putting in a monster effort beforehand, and Ladd takes a sh*tkicking in the crease and around the net to get most of his. The Jets aren't blessed with any "pure" skill players, and I'm okay with that. The entire team has to contribute 100% to win against similar or better teams, and as shown by Saturday's game, even if they take a shift or two off, and don't forecheck and/or pressure the opponent in all three zones, the Jets aren't going to win many games.

The Jets aren't going to easily score more than 2 or 3 goals a game, so the need is to bring the lunchpails, set-up shop in the neutral zone and hit and pester all game long.

Ladd may be guilty of some braincramps, and has a penchant for some awful passes through traffic, but there's no denying his compete level or the fact that he's willing to get dirty and take a beating to forecheck or stay in the slot. If the entire team responded every game with Ladd's passion, we wouldn't be having this discussion.

If Byfuglien, Antropov, Little and Burmistrov played every shift with Ladd's competitive fire, we would be having an entirely different debate.

The team isn't deep enough or talented enough to win a Cup, but that hasn't stopped other teams in the past.

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