Is Marty reasoner getting the short end of the stick when it comes to opportunity for increased ice time? Since Jarret Stoll was injured, and more minutes have been available, why hasn't Reasoner been getting an opportunity in a more offensive role.
Marty Reasoner has 19 points in 57 games, while getting mostly fourth line minutes with a rotation of rookies in and out of the lineup. In the 6 games (excluding tonights game) since Stolls injuries, reasoner has been averaging alittle more than 12.5 minutes per game. Toby Petersen in 41 games has 8 points. Petersen is continually getting ice time with Sykora and Lupul in an offensive position, but does nothing with his increased minutes (roughly 16.5 minutes per game since Stolls injury).
Last year Reasoner had a career year, and this year he isn't being put in any opportunites to succeed offensively, yet he still has more points playing with a constant rotation of rookies than Petersen (who has played with Sykora/Hemsky, and Sykora/Lupul for most of his time).
Basically what I am suggesting is that Reasoner gets put with Lupul and Sykora, and Petersen gets moved down to the fourth line, he is as defensively responsable as Petersen, and has more offence. BTW, this isn't a thread about bashing Petersen, but about seeing if Reasoner would be able to put up numbers playing with offensive line mates.
Thoughts, opinions, silence? I felt like I should share my thoughts even if no body cares
its up to reasoner to rise and take away icetime from horcoff and nedved .. MAP has slowly done just that after this last recall. he shouldve provided us with enough spark to be on the 2nd line by now. it seems like hes satisfied with the 4th line duty.
IMO Reasoner has not been the same player since he destroyed his ankle in 03/04.
What might have been...
I'll always remember one seeing-eye pass he made just before that injury that had me convinced he would be a top 6 centreman. He was playing with a lot of offensive confidence prior to that and he's simply never regained that part of his game. He's still a decent bottom 6 guy but he's someone I see Brodziak replacing relatively soon.