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11-08-2010, 05:49 PM
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Check that, 5G in 19. Along with 24 A.
5 goals is still a very low goal total though despite the high number of assists. I haven't seen RNH play, so what is the low amount of goals likely due to? Is it related to the talent level of his team or to something else?

If that's just his style of play, then I am somewhat concerned, since I think we need a goal scorer much more than we would need a playmaker.

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5 goals is still a very low goal total though despite the high number of assists. I haven't seen RNH play, so what is the low amount of goals likely due to? Is it related to the talent level of his team or to something else?

If that's just his style of play, then I am somewhat concerned, since I think we need a goal scorer much more than we would need a playmaker.
I think it's mainly due to the fact that RNH has to be the big playmaker on his team, because there's no one else there to fill that role. That can't be blamed as the only cause, but definitely plays a big part I think. For example, on the PP, he's always set up on the half wall on his offside, and the entire PP runs through him. He feeds it to the point or back down low or they try to work an opening cross ice. But every play is essentially his call. He's the rally point, so to speak. When they can they try to get the puck back to him. It's not that the talent level of his team is low, it's just the particular mix of the players on his team.

One of his problems may also be, and this is one of the reasons why I prefer Couturier, that his lack of size prevents him from getting better scoring opportunities. He does have an amazing wrist shot, it's very accurate and he's got a lightning release. I'm very surprised he only has 5 goals at this point. However, if you can't get the shot off, then it doesn't matter how good it is. Another detriment may be, and this is another reason I prefer Couturier, at this point IMO RNH is still a bit of a wanderer on the ice. With Couturier you can see he knows exactly where to be at all times. RNH is a bit uncontrolled to me, IMO he has to work on positioning himself better. Sometimes it kinda looks like he is skating all over the place but not really accomplishing much, with and without the puck.

I do think no matter who he is going to play with, he will always lean more towards being a playmaker. That's just the way he is, he's a sublime passer so why wouldn't he focus on that more. That's not to say he can't score, like I said, he has a great shot. I do think however, when you compare Couturier vs. RNH, Couturier is more balanced between goal scoring and playmaking. It's one of the reasons why I think Couturier is so dangerous, he's so unpredictable and he can hurt you in so many ways. He can finesse around you or go through you. He can stand in front of the net and shrug off defenders. He can shut the other team down. He can play a very physical style too when the occasion calls for it. He will also fight and protect himself and his teammates, as evidenced when he was just suspended for 1 game when jumped to the aid of his teammate.

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11-09-2010, 04:43 PM
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I know the debate between Couturier and RNH will rage right up until the draft and probably after, but for my money i think the big bodied center is always preferable to the undersized playmaking winger. I like the thought of Couturier and Booth on a line. I think weve already seen how much better Booth plays with Matthias as opposed to Weiss. He needs that big tough center to be effective.

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I know the debate between Couturier and RNH will rage right up until the draft and probably after, but for my money i think the big bodied center is always preferable to the undersized playmaking winger. I like the thought of Couturier and Booth on a line. I think weve already seen how much better Booth plays with Matthias as opposed to Weiss. He needs that big tough center to be effective.
They're both centers, but yeah I agree. Talent being equal, which I think it relatively is, you take size IMO.

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