2013 Offseason Thread Part IV: SCF, end. Trades, begin.
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06-25-2013, 04:59 PM
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Complaining about Pyatt but advocating for Tootoo.
This forum makes me scratch my head sometimes.
Dale Weise is a AV type of player. Vancouver searched the league and came knocking on our door for him. Not a suprise if you look at how AVs team in Vancouver played. Dale Weise was fairly unique. I am on the phone, but I've written several times on Weise when we had him and pointed out that this kid was a bit special. He is a stron player who is really good at challenging a D with speed. Under AV, the wingers ends up in a ton of "2 on 2" situations going across the offensive blueline.
We need to realize that AV is coaching this team now. Our players need to be able to make plays with the puck. Prust was a dream player for Torts, not for AV to be honest. Prust is a "CHIP & GO" type of player. Fight for a puck, chip it behind the Ds, and go after it. He does NOT even want a pass from West to East when skating up ice, he would tell the passer on the bench to just put it behind the Ds instead.
AV is a 'great guy' and so is Pyatt. Who wouldn't feel for Pyatt? Pyatt is not a prototypical AV guy. Pyatt is decent with the puck and big, in the right environment he can function in certain roles for anyone. But that's about it.
The ship it behind the Ds type of players are not AV type of player. An AV type of player is someone who A) can fetche a pass along the board and move against (not behind) a collected D or B) from deep in his own end make plays with the puck, by skating or passing it, up ice.
I like Tootoo, but he is no AV type.
There will of course be room for non-AV type of players under AV -- but believe me we have a ton of those already on our roster and can't be picking up more...
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