Is it time to move Mike Green? (aka the equally confused thread) x2
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04-02-2013, 10:44 AM
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Location: Fairfax, VA
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Green should not be expected to be above average or even average when it comes to hitting. That's not his game, and his injury history makes the prospect even less attractive.
It's clear he WANTS to avoid contact, but he keeps putting himself in situations that result in contact. He holds the puck while drifting toward the boards, presumably waiting for something to develop in front of him (rather than te other reason which would be trying to draw the defender, in which case he needs to stop because it's increasing the chances he'll be hit).
But he's waiting too long, and he's getting run at a lot by players looking to knock him out of the game (and at some point, maybe the league).
IMO you have to move Oleksy onto a pairing with Green. Someone has to be right there if players are taking shots at 52. These guys making runs have to learn to play with their heads on a swivel rather than zeroed in on Green, watching for him to become vulnerable.
And for Green's part, he has to do as much as possible to avoid being in those situations, including making a pass or dump that isn't as fancy as he'd like if if means not drifting toward the boards or taking a hit.
I'd rather see Erskine with Green. He's a heavy, and it doesn't screw up the almighty handedness situation.
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