Nichol has been much better this year than last. I have to give him some slack for tonight given thr circumstance.
Perhaps from a discipline perspective he's better, but he still has zero skill. It seems like he's floundering on the ice at least twice a game and he has no offensive ability. There must be some player in the AHL that could take his spot.
Most of them actually - still not impressed by Nichol. Notwithstanding his penchant for taking penalties at the worst possible time, I just don't see why he's consistently in the lineup. He has done well at faceoffs, but that's it - Perrault was good at faceoffs. Nichol is clearly worthless on offense. With respect to his D,pPeople talk about how he finishes checks, but he plays out of control - hence the many penalties - and often takes himself out of position defensively.
That doesn't sound good. Probably a one game suspension though.
As for the topic at hand, I agree with Trigg that Nichol is ideal for the 4th line, he does need an anger management shock-collar though.....
Nichol has been ok this year. His faceoff wins are huge. And I agree, he does need to be more careful and not react as harsh. His spear in the playoffs last year still leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.
Trotz with a pretty accurate statement: "Itís one of those things where -- when people do things to you -- you have to remember that old `Count to three before you react. But I think he counts to one half."