This guy is slowly becoming one of my most favourite players. When he's not parking his ass right in front of the net (and staying there), he plays hard and physical. He went full beast mode in the third period last night, flattened a few of the rangers. One of the most underrated captains in the league, imo
It's called playing your role. He had a role in Chicago and he played it well. Now he has been given a different role in Winnipeg, and as such, has stepped up to the plate.
Yup. He was the one piece I didn't want to see the Hawks lose after the cup, but it's even more obvious now that he was never going to stay for long. He has top line talent and deserves to play in a place where he can be a star.
He's never going to be a player that drives the offence on any team, he doesn't do that for us. What he is especially adept at is contributing night in and night out as the complimentary player to the skill players.
He is scoring tons of goals around the net and leading our team by example with his physical play more lately.
He'll slow his scoring pace a bit at some point, but he's not wasting any of his opportunities that he's getting so he deserves all of the praise he's been getting lately.
Emergence? You mean the guy who almost scored 30 goals the last two seasons?
I've said before on many occasions that had Ladd hit 30 goals those last two years everyone would be falling over themselves praising him for his tough style of play, intangibles , and goal-scoring, but 29 goals doesn't get the same recognition.
To be fair, he's pretty much the same player he was last year. He works the dirty areas of the ice and has a great release but his puckhandling and speed have always been average at best. The increased productivity is a result of Wheeler stepping up (only part way through last year - giving them a full productive line) and an unsustainable high shooting percentage.
Ladd played where Carolina wanted him, and won a Cup...He played where the Hawks wanted him, and won a Cup...Ladd does whatever it takes to win...He puts up solid numbers wherever he plays...He's a Winner.
I also like that despite winning two cups on two different teams, he still has that drive to keep winning and get better. Plays hard, doesn't rest on past accomplishments. Scoring at a career-best pace right now. Great player.
I agree with the view that it's more a case of a talented player being put into a role that allows everyone to see how good he is (as opposed to a player who has somehow managed to raise his game to another level).
This discussion makes me feel a bit nostalgic for that cup-winning Blackhawks team (on which Andrew Ladd played a key role) even though I'm a Canucks fan.