WC: Oilers at the World Championships
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05-06-2013, 11:40 AM
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He did, but his defensive work needs a lot of improvement. Tournaments are not always kind to all players. Lots of players who are used to larger roles on their club teams have been in the same position as Hall. I am sure Ruff knows how prolific Hall was this year. Obviously, he sat him because he felt he had better options.
Hall is tremendous, but even he admitted his defensive game needs work. He produces a lot of turn overs. On a team deep in talent, he may find he is not the big gun most nights. To me I look at it as a learning experience for Hall. Team Canada as a junior is one thing and completely another at the pro level. This is him being taught what that difference is. Heck, for all we know he gets a lot more ice time next game.
That might have some relevance if Canada actually won the game. However, a group of players that just about any line could be a number 1 line in the NHL should beat a group of nobodies.
It's Ruff's job to win the game and they're not going to win by giving (or not giving) one of their more dynamic players, and lines, enough ice time to make a difference. No PP time for Hall, Duchesne and Eberle as a line and Schultz, one of their only offensive forwards to actually have a chance to score, is simply poor management of your assets.
Hall made a couple of giveaways sure (I counted 3) but most of the others did as well..Giroux's led to a goal. When you're down a goal you don't sit one of the player's that has a good chance to get you one.
Anyone that has watched the NHL for the last 2 years could do a better lineup...
Read and Simmonds should be on the 3-4 lines, not Hall, Duchesne and Eberle...
Lines should be:
Giroux - E Staal - Stamkos
Hall - Duchesne - Eberle
Simmonds - O'Reilly - Ladd
Skinner - J Staal - Read
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