My guess is Irwin has the 5/6 job to lose.. Can he have a break-out year? What are you fans expecting from him? 3rd pairing D.. For myself, 5g/22a isn't out of the question. He had 2g/17a in just 62 games last year. Where does he need to improve (in your mind) in order to lockdown his position as the 5/6. Could he be traded with Nemo at some point? Maybe he continues to play like he did in the PO's.
Irwin is the "sleeper" the more I think about it. If he improved and is progressing, what are our expectations for him? What would make you Happy so to speak? He has 2 yrs under his belt and this being a contract year might motivate him atad more.
His biggest issue is his skating. He will never be more than 5/6 unless he improves his acceleration and speed and lateral agility.
Agreed. And his skating issue is what makes his shot so poor too. He's almost never moving when he shoots, making it an easy block for defenders.
If he does improve his lateral agility and learns to shoot while moving, his shot, which on its own is actually pretty damn good, will start getting to the net a lot more, and he'll start helping to create a lot more offense.
Then maybe it is as mentioned above where he isn't moving enough when he shoots. Because every game I watched from him his shots were into the shins of defenders or teammates.
I haven't noticed it with Irwin, but one big issue Ehrhoff had (and lots of guys have) is that they take too much of a wind-up and the shot gets off slowly. Ehrhoff got much better when he started taking a smaller wind-up. Maybe a similar issue? But like I said, I haven't really looked at Irwins shots enough to tell.