Pulkkinen was used the exact same way in the NHL last season under Babcock, and Hiller on the power-play. But what's frustrating is that he was used completely different last season down in the AHL under Blashill, and Ferschweiler on the power-play, which lead me (and I'm sure others) to believe that he would be used the same way by the same two coaches... Not the case...
Pulkkinen needs to be positioned around the left faceoff dot on the power-play, ready to let 'er rip any chance he gets, but instead, for whatever reason he's being used in the center of the ice where he has little to no chance in getting off his bomb of a shot. I can't understand it, and it's extremely frustrating to watch...
on 01 December 2015 - 08:59 PM
It's hard to watch this team struggle along the boards. These players have such a hard time controlling the puck and handling it. This is especially true with Tats' line. This, to me, is one of the reasons why they give up leads in the last 5 minutes of a game. The opposition basically out works ayers along the boards.
Especialy with the Floridas and Buffalos of the league. These teams are drafting big, skilled kids early every year for the last 6 - 8 years.
Posted by The Secret
on 28 October 2015 - 07:23 AM
Each one of these losses to s***e teams could end up being nails in the coffin down the road. What ever Blashill's plan is up until now it is not working... maybe it did in the AHL but so far it's a belly flop in the big league. Didn't the team finally respond in Vancouver after Zetterberg let them have it? .... after ZETTERBERG let them have it!! He is the Captain and he must lead but the guy has never been known for verbally blasting the team. That was Babcock doing that. This team does not seem prepared enough and it shows at game time. I think Blashill can be a fine coach but his learning curve better be a very steep one. And yes, I do believe this is a better team... many young player have gotten some very valuable experience (regular season and playoffs), we FINALLY got that big RH defenseman we have been needing and it has been a non-factor, we now have 2 capable starting goalie's, Zetterberg is looking better then he has in years, Franzen is better on the shelf then on the ice. I'm seeing a very ill prepared team then what we are use too.... Where is our #2 PP from last season? Never going to have that again until they consistantly get shots on net. Not looking to run Blashill or any player out of town but we need to start seeing steady and consistent improvement each and every game not only when our mild mannered Captain gets pissed off.