What does one have to do to "deserve" ice time on a particular line? IMO Babcock's plan all along has been to develop Abdelkader into a power forward, and part of that development required going head to head with the top lines on our opponents, which means top-six ice time even when he wasn't scoring at nearly a top-six pace.
Which is fine. But let's not act like he instantly had success is all I'm saying
I love how Abby has played. He could really end up being a core player for us which is fantastic. He's transitioned from a grinder role to a power forward seamlessly.
There were quite a few seams along the way. Lets not pretend last year he was a grinder and this year he got promoted. The experiment was failing for a couple years. I'm happy with how his game has evolved and I hope it continues to grow but he didn't deserve top 6 minutes for a while that he was up there
I don't get why people leave early. Who cares about the traffic. You never know what will happen. Look at all the people that missed Gaborik's flip by Hasek in the last minute of the game. Now I know that's not going to happen but....
I missed howies case wash to Crosby. Worst mistake ever listening to my friends to leave early. Now we've never left early again since.