Instead of everyone randomly talking about Lucic in other topics. Maybe we can keep all Lucic discussion here?
I feel separating Lucic and Horton would benefit Lucic greatly. He will shoot more and stop trying to feed his friend.
Agree 100%. With the injuries right now I really think Claude needs to stop being stubborn and swap Horton and Seguin. I know he's looking for balance but we need at least 1 line where all 3 guys can finish.
As for Lucic, his inconsistency is infuriating because if he would just play a simple game he'd be a top 20 player in the league IMO and nobody would be able to stop him.
It's absolutely insane to think he has 1 goal in his last 23 games (or is it 24 now?)...
The good: Still throws occasional big hits, intimidation factor
The bad: No goals? No anger? No fights? Those three are big factors to his game and none of them have been present.
The angry: I don't think he's played with much passion this season (or at least the level we are used to).
He had better show up in the playoffs or this contract will be questionable. I thought it was overpayment from the beginning but I was persuaded a bit by peoples' arguments about his intangibles factoring in....
Man, really down on Looch after watching him live last night... I tracked him many shifts and he just flat out dogged it all night. He really skates hard in the O zone...but in the D zone he is God awful.
He has to get his Glen Murray taken away from him... That line needs one night in and night out hard worker.
I will reserve my judgement on Lucic until the playoffs. I used to get on him for not playing 100% every game, but multiple years in a row he injured himself and was useless.
However, if he puts in another crap playoff, I will not be happy.
I agree with this. Sort of a funny story. I vividly remember my brother (who played 8 years of minor league and Euro hockey) telling me during Lucic's sophomore season, something along the lines of: "he's a rare breed among NHLers, but he's not going to last more than 7 or 8 years in the league if he plays this way 82 times/year." I think we lose sight of this sometimes. I wish his effort was more consistent like most here, but I'm all right with him not hitting everything that moves, not fighting 15 times/year, etc. The fan in me wants him to do that stuff every night, but the ex-player in me is cognizant of the fact that you just can't do it. I do know this about him...when the rough stuff starts he always shows up without fail. If he can elevate his play come playoff time, and continue to be there when he needs to, then I'm all right with it.
Maybe being a new parent is weighing more on his mind than people think. He fights a lot and does deliver massive hits. Perhaps he is thinking about the future of him and his child. Future brain or body injuries that could linger.
Put me down and someone who never cared to Lucic with Horton and Krejci.
1) Redundancy, well at least with pre concussion Horton. There was no defined forechecker on that line.
2) Lucic, though not fast, plays his best at a fast pace. I have come to grips with the fact that given time, in front of the net, he is going to shoot it right into the goalies pads. But moving fast, catching people off guard, and quickly putting the puck in the net.
I know it would never happen, but I would love to see Lucic with Seguin and a speedy right winger. I know the numbers don't show it, but I still feel his best season was 2008-2009.