Rohit wrote:i wouldnt be surprised if he has TRIED different sticks during practice and stuff. he seems like a guy that can adapt pretty easily so if he hasnt changed it, its probably because he didnt like it
I believe that he said he experimented with several sticks/patterns in the off-season. I tend to believe that his "slow" start overall and his lack of goals is more a function of an injury (hip and his ankle/foot is probably just now starting to get back into shape), and maybe a little bit of a mental block (i.e. Staal) rather than a lack of natural talent.
I think that you can tell Sid grips the stick a little bit tighter when he's in a goal scoring situation. One area that I think will help Sid enormously is to take a more active role as a shooter on the powerplay. I'm fine with his primary role being a puck distributor while on the power play, but last night was a great example of how team's deliberately back off of him when he has the puck on the power play, because they know he's going to dish the puck off.
If he took a couple of shots with the man advantage, he'd keep the defenders more honest and not only get a couple more goals, but would also create more room and thusly, chances for his teammates.
More goals will also lead to more assists and plays to be made for Sid, so I think that being in a position to shoot a bit more really makes him a much more dynamic player.