The Rangers need more offense even with Nash in the lineup. Welcome to the "cap world". Torts used that word a few weeks ago when Miller was called up and Kreider returned from his broken foot. There are so many young players in this league. Its gets younger and younger every year. The Hawks have returned to the NHL perch because they rebuilt their depth with young players. Leddy. Saad. He scored a nasty goal last night. Plays with Toews and Hossa. Kruger. Shaw. Those young guys have all improved. Of course,Oduya has formed a terrific partnership with Hammer. They have 28-2-7 with Oduya. Regular season.
Yeah, rock solid pairings, and 5/6 guys that can play effective minutes on specialty teams.
I recall watching him in preseason games last year I think. He was #53, maybe he'll get it again. Like I said, only thing I'm worried about is his ego and his size. He get get smacked around a lot if he doesn't play to his strengths.
I have my doubts about Thomas working under Torts. Torts wants to battle in the corners and that is Thomas' weak point. Maybe in a different style he would work, but I can't see it working here.
So why exactly was this guy drafted . For the record I wanna see what he can do but this player won't work because of Torts leads me to believe the front office and the Clown are on different pages if that's the case
From what Ive seen of thomas, hes had a mediocre ahl season in which he has a hard time realizing the things that worked in juniors you just cant get away with at the professional level. I think he could develop down the line but he's small. I am pretty shocked they called him up.
10 points in his last 12 games. 7 in his last 6. By all accounts from people who follow the Whale regularly, the guy has been on a different level since getting benched a few weeks ago. Also, his best asset is his one-timer and PP skills, two things that the roster lacks. Not that surprising a call-up to me at all. He's on a hot streak, NYR is depleted and his strengths are the team's weaknesses. If he happens to be ready for this level of hockey, now is the best time to find out.
In comparison, Zuccarello was deemed too small at 179lbs.
So yhea, he needs to be really good to stick.
Those are pre-draft height & weight for all 3. Kreider is 6-3 and now well over 200. Thomas may not be much more than 5-9 but he looks more like 185 than 162. Size is less of a detriment than him being a second behind compared to the OHL. Sounds like he's really picked it up in Hartford, let's see what he can do with the big boys.