Our resident expert montreal could probably tell you best. The stat that jumps out at me is his 7 shots in 5 games. If you look at Ryder's stats with the Dogs last year, he shot the puck 221 times over 69 games, which averages out to 3.2 shots a game. Ryder scored 34 goals. Perezhogin, meanwhile, is averaging 1.4 shots per game.
Also, Balej and Plekanec did not have great first seasons in the AHL. This year, though, they're both supposedly playing very well. Perezhogin probably just needs to play and learn from some of the older guys on the team.
Perezhogin is obviously talented as he is playing on the first line over Balej, Ferland and Milroy. IMO, he is not producing because he can't call for the pass, he obviously is having difficulty communicating. He barely knows ANY English, and is on English lessons. I did notice his soft hands, and his acceleration is pretty good.
I can't say why Perezhogin isn't producing. He's not doing much of anything from the games I listened to. He did have one good game with a few scoring chances. He has never played outside the Russian system and that could be giving him some problems as it's been said already that he doesn't speak much English.
Tonight coach Jarvis has moved Perezhogin on a line with Svitov for a change. In the pregame the assisant coach said they hoped Svitov can get him going. We'll have to see. I'll be there next week keeping a close eye on Perezhogin.
why isn't he producing so far in the AHL ...? when might he step into the NHL?
The majority of crossover players usually take a bit of time to adjust to the NA style. I was laughing hysterically when in june/july, people had him in their starting line-ups on the first line. Give it some time and he'll adjust.
Also, Balej and Plekanec did not have great first seasons in the AHL. This year, though, they're both supposedly playing very well. Perezhogin probably just needs to play and learn from some of the older guys on the team.[/QUOTE]
Pleks played well and balej came over from the whl, so he had a few seasons of NA hockey under his belt before he played for the bulldogs
Plekanec had a pretty good first season. You're right about Balej though.
Julien said that he was surprise by the game of plek during the pre-season; he said that last year ,it was like Plek was shy with the puck and wasn't careful about the game ...
may be it is the same thing for Perez .From a guy who was playing in a large surface with creative kind of players , i woudn't surprise if he is thinking something like '' what kind of - - - - ing game those people are playing ???
I don't think that is work ethic is a problem(in the HF report on him they talk about a coach telling how good was the Perezhogin work ethic) but maybe he needs some motivation.Remember, Markov when he first arrived in NA had seen is work ethic being questionned.