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10-29-2013, 11:56 PM
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Just my thoughts on some of the players?
-Eakins scratching Yakupov looks to have been a giant mistake. Simply not the same player since. Confidence gone.
-Eberle was awful tonight
-RNH has been a bright spot, but his defensive coverage is still spotty at best.
-Hemsky has been inconsistent, good then bad
-Arcobello is Kyle Wellwood. Offensively, has decent vision but can't score at all. Terrible defensively, although wins some faceoffs. Ultimately not a guy you can make the playoffs with though.
-Perron has been a bright spot, his illness must have been the reason for his suckage against LA
-Jones has been giving a good effort, but he sucks
-Gazdic is not an NHLer
-Acton is a BORDERLINE NHLer, not an NHLer on a playoff team
-Smyth is slow as balls
-Eager actually isn't terrible for a 4th liner
-Pitlick also actually isn't terrible. We just figured this out recently while we played the likes of Gazdic and Acton.
-Gordon does a lot of things right, but I still don't see how it's worth 3M. Wins faceoffs, and.......? Has had some nice moments, but he's overrated on this team.
-Justin Schultz has been absolutely terrible. Needs to sit a game.
-Nick Schultz is horribad
-Jeff Petry has nice moments, but ultimately has been inconsistent, with moments of brilliance and then moments of "why did you make that pass" or "tip that in"
-Ladislav Smid has been inconsistent this year. Usually the best D-man on here but he's had his issues. EDM wants him moving the puck, which he isn't the greatest at, and the penalties have been costly.
-Andrew Ference has led the team to 14th in the West and his play has been mediocre at best. An elite third pairing guy who unfortunately due to a lack of depth, has been pushed to do more, and he's not doing what he did best in Boston cause their system is better than ours
-Anton Belov has been okay...pinch lapses, defensive lapses still existing though. Overall not bad if we had him on the 3rd pair, he's a 3rd pairer on a playoff team.
-Grebeshkov is not an NHL player
-I kinda want to see Potter play a game, he's not the worst No.6 D-man. Unfortunately, the entire team is made up of 5's and 6's so it won't matter regardless. We've seen good Potter, but bad Potter isn't an NHLer
-Dubnyk is a No.1 goalie, but on a team with as porous D as ours, his lack of arm movement is exposed and he literally can't make a mistake. Would be fine in Chicago or San Jose or LA, where team D is greatly better, but here he gets lots of blame for missed D coverage moments. Does let in softies however.
-LaBarbera is a capable backup. He's just getting torched by our terrible systems.
-Bachman I still believe is a borderline 2, that first game against LA was pretty fluky, he can't puckhandle at all.
-PK is brutal, no one wants to get in shooting lanes
-PP is brutal, Yakupov is wasted waiting for an improbable one timer instead of being a side wall guy who comes around the circle if he wanted to snipe. Not enough size in front of the net on point shots.
-Lack of team depth is disturbing, like usual.


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