Re: Time to use Providence
posted at 1/26/2011 5:52 PM EST
In Response to Re: Time to use Providence
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Time to use Providence : I see.Care to elaborate or does it not matter that Hamill's game has improved?
Posted by dezaruchi[/QUOTE]
Improve yes. However improve is relative as considering he's been nothing short of terrible for most of his P-B's career, thus any slight improvement this year, well would be considered an improvement.
They also need a scoring winger with some level of grit to their game and a puck moving defenseman. Not another soft center with one game of NHL experience that in three years has done nothing to demonstrably show he's going to be even a marginal third line center at the NHL level.
Third year in Providence, 42 games played this year, 3 goals and 24 assists against AHL talent that it this point in his career he should be dominating if he's going to be a legit NHLer.
He doesn't have Marchand's type of speed, goal scoring touch, toughness, PK ability or grit/agitation to his game. He's soft center that scores very few goals with his only legit asset is his playmaking ability.
We already have soft centers that don't score many goals. Another one is not what this team needs. Wheeler, Bergeron, Krejci, Campbell, Seguin all bring more to the table at center than Hamill.
Is he better than Paille? Sure he is, maybe. But the fourth line is the only line he'd play on with the big club and he will not supplant Campbell at center on that line.
What's you're exact rationale on Hamill anyway? The team doesn't have a role for him, or need really, and he really hasn't done anything in Providence to warrant a look. Beyond playing less shitty this year than he played the previous two years.
If any forward down there is going to get a shot it's likely Sauve. He's played almost 20 less games than Hamill and has scored 9 more goals than Hamill and has only scored 10 less overall points. He's a winger, plays with an edge, has size and speed. All things Hamill is not and all things the Bruins could use more than Hamill's soft center play.