The One Dimensional Player
I am confused about the perception of one-dimensional player in the NHL. A forward that is a specialty player like Blair Betts on face-offs and penalty killing is valuable to the team. Coaches love these guys as they block shots and kill penalties. However, these guys are virtually useless on the ice offensively. Yeah they score occasionally, but really do not work on playing offense very hard. Enforcers do nothing except look to intimidate or fight. They offer nothing on the defensive or offensive side of the game. Players and coaches love these guys.
However if you are a one-dimensional offensive player, you will be in the coach’s doghouse consistently over your career. Ok here are the stats of a totally offensive player from my last post. These stats are through December 19th. I know lately that Zherdev is nursing an injury, but I think on the line with Carter and Giroux that he was a huge factor before the injury.
• Zherdev is averaging 12 minutes, 11 seconds of ice time per game. That put him 554th in the league.
• Yet, he was tied for 20th in the NHL in goals heading into Saturday night's games.
• He was scoring at a higher rate than most NHL players, including a guy named Alex Ovechkin.
• Entering Saturday, Ovechkin had 12 goals in 709 minutes, an average of a goal every 59.1 minutes.
• Zherdev has 13 goals in 378 minutes, an average of one goal every 29 minutes.
I want to know why coaches dislike people that are simply offensive and LOVE completely defensive players. Now I know that Zherdev makes lots of very risky plays but his is a +4 this season which is the same rating as Claude Giroux. Can someone shed some light on why this is the way it is?
I know the press writes unflattering articles about Nik because he does not talk to reporters. Come on guys grow up!
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