Re: who sits when 16 returns? and who moves to 4th line?
posted at 10/23/2010 10:41 AM EDT
In Response to Re: who sits when 16 returns? and who moves to 4th line?
[QUOTE]NOONE seems to have an answer for Why is Sturm NOT skating?? He should have 3 weeks of ever intense skating before he comes off the LTIR, so what's holding him up? Speculation on who he replaces is Ok, but, will he come back might be more of a concern. Duinne, recognize that Sauve/Arniel are still young and are gaining valuable time in AHL, but the skill sets are apparently there, particularly speed. I thought I read that Arniel was Seguin's wing in Juniors, and looked comfortable in pre-season play. What is needed is for Wheeler to improve. He is trying to be more agressive, but still goes offside, falls in offensive areas, dekes too often, and shoots wide or center mass. same problems as last year. He does have upside , which makes him trade bait, but, how long must the Bruins wait? and, does he pay attention or think his way is the only way?? It's hard to tell why he doesn't improve.
Posted by Bogie6[/QUOTE]
For all I know, Sturm is
skating on his own. I haven't heard one way or another. (Interesting that Savard was skating for several days before anyone in the media knew about it.) Either way, he'll skate eventually. What's the rush?
As for Arniel and Sauve, skill sets and readiness for the NHL are two different things. I've watched Arniel and Sauve play for Providence, and the speed is certainly there. The complete game - not so much. Yes, they have a lot of promise. But there is no way either of them is ready for the big time yet. At this moment, if the Bruins were in dire need of an emergency call-up, the guy getting that call should be Reich. And I'm not a Reich fan. But you can see the difference in their knowledge of the game a mile away.
Your comment on Wheeler is telling in that you cited him going offsides. He did that once
in Thursday's game (and it was more Bergeron's fault than his), yet it's something Bruins fans will continue to point to as one of his failings. He has
improved -- his PK work has been outstanding, and he's one of the reasons Caron is looking good -- but I doubt he'll shake the "scapegoat" label that seems to have been stuck on him.