Shakes wrote:C'mon, man. The guy makes $2M, primarily for his goal scoring. He's had a rough year, and that was a terrible miss. Some of the stuff here is over the top, but the bottom line is that he botched that play. Must score.
Maybe most of the people on LGP couldn't have converted, but most $2M forwards do. Yes, close to 100% of the time.
No way it's near 100% of the time. Next time you watch a hockey game, try to watch how often bouncing passes into the area near the crease go right through a forward's feet, glance off his skate or stick and skitter harmlessly away, or get shoved weakly at the goalie or wide of the net. It happens typically a few times per game. Kennedy actually did a little better than those first two circumstances here; he managed to collect the puck near his feet and almost brought it up to get a shot off before it rolled off his stick. The main reason people are pointing this out as an embarrassingly blown play is they don't recognize how hard it is to control a hard bouncing pass right at your feet and bring it quickly forward for a shot before a defenseman knocks you over.
Heck, Sidney Crosby is one of the best players in NHL history at corralling pucks fired at his feet, and if you watch him for a whole season you'll see more than one flubbed pass reception in close to the net.
It may well be true that TK has underperformed his contract this season. That play just isn't the killer bit of evidence for it people seem to be making it out to be. Now, if you watched a lot of film from this year and managed to show that he converts similar plays at a much lower rate than comparably salaried forwards, you'd have something. But you probably wouldn't need that analysis to convince people he's slumped this year; it's plain to the eye.