You know, the other night I was leaving the local ice rink after practice and the game was on the TV in the lobby. A parent of one of the kids I coach glances over and says "Ghost got another point tonight". We then started talking about the kid, and how he has almost singlehandedly become the reason many are watching the Flyers again. Just as we're saying that, Ghost makes a terrific defensive play by anticipating a pass, using his speed, and eliminating the chance the other way - all inside
When Ghost made that deke move at the blueline and then rang it off the post with around 5min left vs Winnipeg last night, you could see the confidence in him. Just after that, on the same shift, Ghost was carrying the puck through the neutral zone aggressively attempting to deke the opposing defenders. It wasn't a mark of a new-to-the-NHL kid. It was confidence.
Which is why it surprised me that Hakstol didn't get him right back out out on the ice. Surprised me even more when du
Ghost brought life to the Flyers team. He helped make them a playoff team, and is definitely one of the fun guys to watch in this league.
But if you're going to say McDavid didn't play enough games, can't the Panarin corner say the same about Ghost? Or do we draw the line where it conveniently suits us Flyer fans?
To me Panarin, as great as he is, played 6 seasons of pro hockey and had Kane playing next to him. He definitely had the most help, agewise and teamwise.