Re: Dennis Wideman
posted at 3/22/2010 10:40 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Dennis Wideman
In Response to Dennis Wideman : He is playing far better than most people think.Knowledgeable hockey fans are able to see the little things that he does very well(breakout passes,joining the rush,etc.).Unfortunately for Wideman he has made some glaring miscues and has become the whipping boy ever since.He is still getting blasted after todays game yet I would be ecstatic if he played like that every game.If you want to create offence you often have to take risks to make the big play.Malkin leads the NHL in giveaways.It is because players like he and Crosby try to make a big plays that others wouldn't attempt.Wideman tries to make the long bomb passes and most times they work.The trouble is,most fans will only remember if one gets picked off.
Posted by dezaruchi
The "little things he does very well." ?????
It's the little things that he ISN'T doing well that is a MAJOR problem. 1) Keeping loose pucks at the blue line, my god, it took him until this year before he started doing it at all, he gave up 2 breakaways in the Canes series because of that. I've brought it up many a time here, he stopped for a while and now he's back to it again.
2) High risk passes in low pressure situations. Turnovers under pressure I can understand, but turnovers that could have been reasonably avoided really hurt.
oh God, this is ridiculous, I could go on and on, all you have to do is watch him and you will see more. How many routine plays have you seen where he just plain falls down? How many times in a game where they are behind by a goal he'll be REALLy casual breaking out? How many times have I seen him under pressure at the point and instead of the safe play (just dump it in), he'll do something risky and honestly his success rate on those must be less than 10%, yet he does it all the time. And he's BRUTAL on defense, I can't recall him croaking anybody with a check ever, every other defenseman I can, even Seidenberg who just showed up like 20 minutes ago has registered a couple of decent hits.
Yes, his breakout passes are under rated by quite a lot and he is excellent at it for the most part, this guy has talent - AND THAT'S WHY IT IS SO FRUSTRATING TO SEE THESE BRAIN FARTS.
He has an excellent shot, last year he made up for all his sins by the offensive numbers he put up. This year his weaknesses are highlighted by the lack of offensive numbers he's put up.