He's had his ups and downs last year (as opposed to last year where he seemed to be more consistently "up") but still, can't argue with the numbers. Only Hab fans will argue that their leading scorer is "a Max Lapierre clone", "useless except for his shot", etc.
He's still young and making progress, he's less streakish this year than last year. With help from the coaching staff, I'm quite confident to see him get more regular he just needs to shoot the puck more in the slot.
Stats-wise, he looks great. But lately, he's been pretty useless (when he doesn't score). Really need to work in his defense. Would love if he drives the net more and be less of a perimeter player but hey, can't have everything. So less a liability on defense would be a good start.
He looks like he is lacking energy. Other than that, he needs a better centre than DD. He should be playing with Eller and B.Gally. Nevertheless, it's amazing that he is still putting up near ppg stats when he's been somewhat inconsistent this year. Goal-scorers obviously go through times like this, but this is when they are supposed to be fed well by their centre, but DD has been awful for much of the season.
I understand Therrien's reasoning, but Eller should be promoted over DD.
Maybe. I was thinking more on the line of splitting Pacioretty and Gallagher. It almost seems as if Patch is letting Gallagher do the dirty work now. He needs to get in there!
Every goal that line has though is created by those 2. DD and Pacioretty need some time apart, nothing happening between them. Maybe time for Galchenyuk to have some time with DD? They can be the soft minutes line.
I do think it's time to break up Pacioretty and Desharnais. And no, I'm not saying cut Desharnais or something, but they both should be tried in different roles. That line is taking up too many good scoring chances.
Pacioretty is being Pacioretty. He's a streaky player.
Having said that, I dont like having Gallagher and desharnais on the same line. I know there's limited options right now with the injury bug going through, but I hope we can split them apart when the forwards get healthier as a group.
Problem is Desharnais.
If Desharnais isn't getting him the puck then Patches isn't productive.
Patches is not a one man show he's kind of like Ryder, needs someone to get him the puck, he's not a guy who will go end to end with it.
Desharnais is struggling, Patches struggles along with him. Gallagher can wheel and hands decent hands and a good shot. He's game is more rounded then either Desharnais or Pacioretty