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03-27-2013, 08:05 PM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Long Island/Plattsbu
Originally Posted by
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With all the bottom 6 forwards and 3rd pairing defensemen being needlessly blamed for the bad start, lets talk about a huge source of the actual problem, Derek Stepan.
In many ways, Stepan at the 2C spot is a major key to this season. He has been a ghost at even strength so far this year, and hes brought everyone put on his wings down with him. This team cannot win it all unless Stepan wakes up and is a main catalyst for the secondary scoring this team is currently missing.
Maybe consistency hasn't been as great as we could hope, but to blame Stepan when Gaborik and Richards are MIA is hilarious.
I think the blame on the bottom 6 is sometimes taken too far, but the fact of the matter is, you can't win when your bottom six don't provide ANY support, which has laregly been the case this season.
Additionally, when your top center, the guy you pay to be the major producer from the center position, is not only not producting, but turning it over all the time and just playing downright bad for the type of player he normally is, I don't know how you can blame the 2C who, even when he doesn't score, brings it every night and rarely makes a defensive mistake.
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