Nyquist could be one of the very best goal scorers in the league if he had Ghallagher's mentality just being fearless despite your size. I love nyquist but any unbiased person watching enough wings games would say this man is a huge Wimp... Him and Tatar don't have that fierce competitive spirit that dats and z had. Not because they don't want to but because it's too hard.
If you're big, and not a goon, people turn on you.
Even if he doesn't hit, fight, scrap, etc. size is still an extra asset. It's hard to move big guys. They have extra reach, etc. People seem to miss this and just say "he's big and doesn't use his size." Not every big player should have to have an edge. If they're a goal scorer I don't see why it matters as long as they score (which Franzen did).
It's just kind of sad he doesn't get the respect for the career he had. He pretty much willed the Wings to a Stanley Cup and 2 Finals appearances. Most fans would worship this man
If you watch our old playoff games it was always Franzen chirping in between whistles and getting into the headlocks. The dude played with grit and an edge, and scored
I wish more people were built mentally like Helm, Abby and... A long time ago, Cleary. If things aren't going well offensively they go out and create energy by making a hit
Maybe the organization feels Jurco's offensive game doesn't exactly translate to top six NHL producer so their making him learn the defensive bottom six role? He just doesn't move his feet out there it's crazy how passive he is for somebody in his situation
Howard knew that he was scoring on that breakaway. What kind of save attempt is that on a breakaway all he had to do was shoot it right in the middle of the net. That's what it looks like when you psyche yourself out
A lot of time these huge, skilled guys take a while to be more assertive. You really have to drill it into their heads that they have this huge advantage that they haven't had to utilize in the minor league. Some players figure it out and some don't sadly. A guy like Blake Wheeler is just in the last couple years putting it all together and using his size and being assertive, a lot of people weren't happy with his play style when he came into the league. Learning the hard way will benefit him just got to keep driving it into his brain I think the Q is a bad league to adjust from. Unless you're a super star in the making theirs going to be a big adjustment period
Dats line needs more speed. Helm is a very fast skater but he's not as quick a stop and go skater as Nyquist or Larkin. He's great to hit with the outlet but not as effective jumping on loose pucks or beating defenders. This team is one high end winger from being one of the better teams in the league. We don't have a back end like the Caps or Predators but our forwards are close to being one of deepest groups in the NHL