knives of ice wrote:he's been given more chances to play on the top 2 lines than any player i can remember in recent memory and done absolutely nothing, he clearly has no chance of playing there in my eyes.
i don't think he fits on this team at all personally unless his mindset completely changes and he is set on being a big presence and physical player on the 4th line.
Eh...spot duty isn't a chance. He hasn't been given a chance on the top line. He also hasn't shown he deserves one.
if you get a spot on the top 2 lines starting there over a 2-3 game stretch multiple times i think thats a good chance. sure as hell is a chance no other prospect has received. this has happened multiple times over the past two years with all the injuries we've had. granted its usually starting there and then getting moved down because he does absolutely nothing but its still a chance.
the thing is, if he had the ability to play on the top two lines regardless of where he is playing i think i would have seen a glimpse of that offensive talent up here. i go to every home game i watch this guy closely because i really want him to be good but also because i was pissed he was somehow playing over others i thought were better last year. no doubt he played much better in the playoffs and towards the end of the year but that was mainly because he was more physical.
to me, Dustin Jeffrey has a much better chance of being a top 2 line player. at least we have seen glimpses of offensive talent and upside. if he is healthy. that play in overtime against boston to win the game is more than Tangradi has ever done offensively and that was a skilled play. Jeffrey scored 4 goals in a 15 game span last year and then set out the rest of the year. I've still never been able to figure that out if he was in the doghouse, got hurt again and they said nothing, or what happened.