The problem as I see it is that he's already serving one of the roles of a pointman -- carrying the puck up the ice. But because he's not technically playing the point he doesn't have the passing options he should once he enters the zone. No one is backing off the D in front of him so he doesn't have the time or space to just pull up inside the blue line. Too many turnovers are the result.
Ribeiro on the half-wall is too indecisive, plus no one respects his shot. The lack of respect for his shot could actually be turned into an asset on the point if the PKers overplay on the other D point. That would give Ribs the space he loves to survey and distribute. This also would get Modano back out there on the 1st unit and on the half wall where he belongs.
You obviously miss the shoot out sometimes, especially whenever that last shoot out game was, eh?
Heh. I recall that, and while he does have a slap shot, it's not exactly the type you want running the point on the PP. Ribeiro manning the point also closes the ice down for him for any of his passes. He's best either on the half-wall or behind the net.
Sure he has. It's been a while since he's decided of late not to engage much during the PP, but when they were most effective, sans Richards on the point, Ribeiro was playing mostly behind the goal line.
Someone manning the point needs the ability to shoot the puck through bodies and get it to the net. Richards, Niskanen, and Zubov (god rest his soul) all can do this. Modano has a hard shot, but his stick blade is so damn skinny he always is fumbling the puck. Ribeiro is best for the half-wall, but the problem is no one is clearing out space in the slot, so he has no options.
Ribeiro could benefit from a better player in front of the net ala Morrow. Whenever he has the puck PKers seem to really back off, and it should be opening passing lanes for him but I'm not sure that it does as much as he'd like.
I say we should trade Avery For Crombeen and Winchster haha!!
I know I spelled Winchster wrong I am too lazy to look it up!
Then we can have barch has a scratch and we have our Checker fighter semi score with Crombeen winchster!