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 Re: Winds of Change [message #707035 is a reply to message #707032 ]
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RDOilerfan wrote on Thu, 11 January 2018 16:41


Well at least we agree on it not being McLellan's fault. When it comes to Slep or any player, you can put blame on the coach for not playing a player, you can put blame on the coach for not playing a player enough and you can put blame on a coach for not putting him in a position to succeed. Putting him in a position to succeed could be anything from who he puts on the players line,what situations he puts him in or if he puts a player into a position he's not ready for. What a coach can't be blamed for in my opinion is effort.

I wrongly had high hopes for Slep. I like his combination of size, speed and big shot. When he was on, Slep while not a banger, used his size to his advantage. He could go into the corners and get pucks. He had the speed to get to the spots he needed to be and to get too pucks, at times he showed some flashes of offensive ability and he's got a good shot. The problem is he didn't bring it much. He didn't skate, he didn't use his size, he didn't use his shot, he was just out there taking up space. I still believe he has the skill set, the size and speed to be an effective top 9 forward the problem is he has to want to be that in the NHL and to do that, he has to bring when he plays. He doesn't bring it and that's 100% on him. Too bad.


How do you measure "wanting it" and "bringing it"?

He's producing at almost the same rate, despite playing hurt for a good portion of the season, and recovering from injury for another portion of the season.

What are you pointing to to back up the claim that he doesn't put in the effort? Have you rewatched game tape repeatedly to see how he's playing on each shift? Or is this just your impression from remembering the games he played, and the fact he's never blown your mind? He last played Jan. 6th. Do you remember anything about him that night? Who he played with? Whether he had any good chances? Do you remember the game the week before against Winnipeg? What did he do in that one? What game did he score in? Did he "want it" more in that game than he did on January 4th?

I think he's the same player, he's just A) played hurt and B) had to deal with unreasonable expectations from the world's worst hockey management group who thought because he scored a couple big goals in April (although producing points at the same rate as he always had), that he was now a second-line winger who could help make up for a terrible trade where they flushed a 50-60 point player for a downgrade at the same position.




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