penmyst wrote:It's not his skating I care about. It's serviceable for a guy his size.
The problem is that he is a small player in a big man's body. Until he is willing to utilize his size, that many players aren't blessed with, to punch his meal ticket in the NHL-- he is going to woefully underperform.
You can't coach it. Maybe you could get Leclair to come back and talk to the kid. Did wonders for Malone. But even when you get past the "know-how" tricks to be gained from a real-deal Power-Forward.... you still need to have the "wanna do it". And Tangradi hasn't shown that. Which is why I'm not in favor of handing the guy Crosby's wing.
Maybe he's just not a power forward & he should be played to his strengths instead of trying to pigeonhole him in a category where he doesn't really belong just because he's big & he hits sometimes.