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04-23-2013, 12:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Lonewolfe2015 View Post
Because EJ doesn't respond to Sacco nor does he listen to Sacco. If EJ were playing the way Sacco wanted him to, he'd be sacrificing his body to block shots, drop passing to the last defender back () and turning over the puck in the neutral zone.

EJ, for whatever reason, loses ice time whenever he is playing well. Probably because of that careless attitude he gets where he disregards the plan and just carries it up and controls the play himself. Sacco wants more cycling and EJ just wants to create a puck battle in front of the net.

If you look at O'Reilly, Duchene, etc. They've gained ice time in the past when they've bought into Sacco's system.
I'm a big believer in EJ being a much better D with a better coach and D partner, but holy hell is he bad at that drop pass thing on the PP. He's been mildly better this year, but that's because he's rarely on the PP anymore using it ,and he's still not that good.

He either just leaves the puck dead on the ice with the opposing forward closer to it than the D, or sends a hard pass way off mark without looking. It's really one of the most retarded things I've seen.

He just doesn't have a strong hockey IQ, he needs a partner to do all the thinking and set him up for plays with time and space to use his natural talent.

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