Eismann wrote:I guess so, because I disagree with almost everything you said, lol. Is there any public buzz (writers, radio, etc.) about him? A scattered give-n-go is nothing. I think he's everything weak on the boards, not having him seen win a battle yet. I agree that he's not deferring to linemates, so that's good. And like I said, I hope any jelling with linemates comes with time.
But until then, he's Zach Boychuk, you're-up-next utility man.
Well, I guess it is just that I think his performance in all areas is better than the others who have auditioned. I do not agree that he is weak on the boards - and you seem to believe that a good wrist shot and being able to work give and go with Malkin is a given for all NHL players. To the latter point I guess I haven't seen it from the other guys who have played there this year. Also his wrister is above average which means that it is light years better than Tangradi's.
As for buzz, I mean I'm not all a twitter about him. I just think he has shown enough to theorize he might be able to be the unsung guy on that line. Very few lines have three superstars on them, and I think he has done the little things despite your view that he is weak on the walls.
In the end, we are both in the same mode with him. I have slightly more hope than you about him, but I don't think either of us is worried about what we gave up to try him there.