What's happening with James Sheppard? I saw him play against Mtl in a pre-season game and I thought he was good, but he still has 0 point in 6 games ... Can you guys explain me what's the problem with him? Thanks
Much the same as he did last season. It is pretty disappointing because you would like to see a little progression. At times you can see a glimpse, but that's about it right now. Doesn't help that he is a center playing in Lemaire's system, though. Let alone who he is playing with.
I think if he could skate with some linemates who can move the puck, as well as finish a little, he would be much more effective. But the Wild just do not have that kind of depth right now. Esspecially with Marian out.
It's just 7 games, he'll be fine. He's playing well, his chances just aren't going in. He was on the ice for most of the last 45 seconds of last night's 1-goal game, so that tells you something about how LeMaire thinks he's doing.
He’s not quick enough and doesn’t possess the big shot …. so he’s not a goal scorer
He’s not a guy with superior hockey sense or passing ability …. so he’s not a playmaker
He’s not all that aggressive out there … so he’s not a checker
All I can say about him is that he seems to be kid with good character and work ethic. .. But, if DR wants to package him in trade this year then I say go for it … the kid is pretty close to his potential right now.
I agree with the majority here...he is showing strong hockey sense (minus the giveaway to Nash) and good puck skills along the boards. He lacks confidence. Also, which is my own personal opinion, he doesn't seem to be moving his feet much. It appears that he takes a few quick steps and then coasts from there. He will be a good player in due time...we just need to be patient.
i thought his last two games were, by far, the best he has played all season. he had chances, looked aggressive/comfortable and was strong defensively (minus the nash play). i think he will get one tonight.
Is he strong mentally in your opinion ? He was tabbed to be No.1 center. I remember all the coverage he got before the season, even in big media like TSN or nhl.com....One thinks it must be dragging on him to have a quality icetime almost every game and have just 2 points so far.
My opinion is based on watching him play and also reading his quotes in our local newspapers...
I think he is just having a sophomore slump. I know he didn't tear it up by any means last year but our rookies never do. I don't think he is mentally weak; I think that once he gets a goal or two, we will see more and more of the Sheppard that will be around in a few years. His work along the boards and defense work in his zone is identical to Koivu of two years ago. Once again, I still think he isn't moving his feet enough in the offensive zone but what do I know...
He had a really strong game last night against Washington. Scoring his first goal since January might pump some life into him. Obviously, Lemaire has a lot of confidence in him. But, I'm wondering if he is being over-coached in the sense that it looks like he's too afraid to make a mistake.