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In Topic: Jurco on Conditioning Assignment in GRs

Today, 01:41 AM

There are 3 lies. Lies, damn lies, and stats. Even fancy stats don't tell the whole story.

As far as Jurco goes, I remember Blashill says nh Jurco needs to skate harder, not be able to skate harder. That implies an unwillingness to put forth necessary effort.

In Topic: The Rise and Fall of Drew Miller

23 November 2015 - 08:23 PM

Keep beating that dead horse, Bill.

In Topic: Jurco on Conditioning Assignment in GRs

22 November 2015 - 12:47 PM

Dickie, Blashill doesn't hate him, his back will be fine, he has been doing everything asked of him, including taking the opportunity presented to him to go down to GR, and the skill level absolutely is there. You don't think that confidence should be on that list?... There are certain skill sets that may or may not translate from the AHL to the NHL, Pulkkinen's being one of them, Jurco's, not at all. Jurco will be fine.

Serious question, have you ever seen the kid play a game in Grand Rapids? He is dominant. He plays the type of North South game that will translate to the NHL. It's only a matter of time...


Speaking as someone who has back issues, they don't go away.  If his back is the reason he's not playing at 22 years old, how bad is it going to be in 3 years?  As far as his effort goes, Blashill flat out said he needs to skate harder if he wants to play.  That's an effort issue.  

Why can Miller have zero goals in 21 games and remain immune from criticism? That baffles me. Jurco plays 4th line board grinder with Miller and Glendening half of last season, and people want him to have 60 points.


Because Miller isn't there to score, he's there to kill penalties and play a checking line role.  Jurco is supposed to be this highly skilled player, isn't good defensively, and doesn't kill penalties.

In Topic: Ferraro on waivers

22 November 2015 - 12:42 PM

Fringe NHL player with decent speed and not much else.  No real loss.

In Topic: Jurco on Conditioning Assignment in GRs

22 November 2015 - 09:42 AM

There are 4 possibilities why Jurco isn't playing.

Blashill hates him.
His back is FUBAR
He's not doing what is asked in practice and/or off the ice
He's just not that good.

I don't buy #1. If it's his back, at his age he better start planning his post hockey career. If it's effort, that's 100% on him. If it's ability, then nothing can be done, he just isn't an NHL player.