This is a great signing. Having Richardson on the ice is always a challenge for our D-men and so it keeps them on their toes. Makes sure that even against the worst teams they'll always have to fight through defensive zone breakdowns and poor defensive positioning.
Good! I like Richie but he has to be better defensively. He lost his coverage a couple of times in the play-offs.
I think that was a result of him playing center and not matching up well against the likes of Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture.
He should do better as a winger playing with Stoll and Clifford. He'll bring some much needed speed and tenacity to that line. I thought Richardson played his best when he was playing wing with Handzus and Simmonds.
He'll be a player counted on as being the first one to the puck due to his advantage in speed. He's not the most physical nor the strongest, but he can use his skating to pressure opposing defensemen and force turnovers while Clifford handles the rough stuff and Stoll plays the role of the defensively responsible center (which he excels at).
Never said he was great defensively, but to be that critical of a guy who was playing out of position and against some of the best in the game just isn't fair.
Well, we're not even close to talking about great defensively. He was pretty horrid. But, as I said, hopefully he's gotten better. I just don't think it's a stretch that quite a few of our prospects are probably already better. Or that lewis is quite a bit better.