Having watched limited games last season I wasn't totally sure what all the hype was with Vitale, Granted his hit on Briere was just awesome. But the way he played yesterday against the rangers was just awesome, Kennedy might have finished his goal, but it was really Vitales, and he brings a presence that I love seeing on the 4th line. So here's to Joe Victory! Love him.
I still don't understand why Bylsma scratches him every once in a while. He's the perfect 4th line center. Good on draws, relentless forechecker, hustles, etc. He should be a fixture on that 4th line every game.
He's a guy that gets it going every time he jumps over the boards. He doesn't care if he crushes the guy or just bumps him; he's going to get a piece of the guy. I love those type of players. His skating is pretty awesome to watch too.
Yep Vitale is the pefect 4th line energy guy. He brings it non stop every time he is on the ice. I don't think he should ever be scratched another game in the NHL, even for a more talented Dustin Jeffrey. I love Jeffrey, but his ideal role is higher on the depth chart and Vitale brings a critical piece that not every player can fill.
how is he defensively? i havent paid close enough attention to him to really tell, honestly. seems fine to me though.
that's the only possible logical reason bylsma could have for not playing him.
He's no Sutter, but his attention to detail is there. I think he's good defensively simply because he plays every shift as if it were his last. I see desperation in his game no matter what period it is. Not perfect but far from a problem. I'd say adequate.
I hear rumors that IF he stares directly in your eyes for 3 seconds, you turn into Stu Barnes.