Thread: Player Discussion: Ryan Callahan
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05-07-2013, 09:24 PM
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Really I think sometimes peoples expectations are so far out of hand. Callahan is a 45-55 point a season player who does all the little things. He's got good skill--not very good skill. He has a predictable shoot first mentality. He hits--he penalty kills-he blocks shots-he's capable of making clutch plays. He's not a superstar--not really a 1st line player. His point average per game like most players is going to lag in the playoffs. This is something that occurs to 90% of the rest of the players in the playoffs. There are no easy games against weak opponents in the playoffs. It's all a grind. That he continues to hit, block shots, penalty kill and once in a while create some offense is what you want to see from him. Three games in he has an assist. Hopefully he'll do more in that regard but playoffs are about attrition--it's not about cute breakouts out of your own end. There is less room than in the regular season because teams are forechecking harder and more determined to force the play to the boards. No team is going to get by without guys hitting, cycling, forechecking, back checking, blocking shots, winning face-offs, killing penalties. You got to have guys ready to get their hands dirty and to bleed if necessary.

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