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I still think he'll get better than this. On the other hand the thing is that he says he just doesn't see the other players, and that happens to me as well. Our forwards are have been nowhere to be seen. If the goal scorers are not in places to score from, what can a playmaker do?
(shrugs) But isn't this kind of telling? He can't find anyone to set up because so often no one is doing much of anything out there. Parise, Staal...Koivu are all looking slower and older and they're not generating many shots whether at 5-on-5 or on the power play. Most of the shooting and real opportunities have come from the blueline. Sure...there have been moments where they've set up Zucker and Donato...but have the cashed in? Nope. If I had to give advice to Zuccarello, take the shot
Doug Risebrough tried that already. It failed spectacularly. Petteri Nummelin, Marek Zidliky anyone?
Keep in mind where the defense sets up in the zone. Usually near the blue line, so that means any feeds coming from Zucarello are going to result in shots from farther out. The Wild already do plenty of perimeter shooting. Sure, Dumba or Spurgeon could cheat in and try a one-timer off the feed, but then who is covering for them? That would require a forward to move from near the goal
Besides the advice to take the shot yourself; I will add few more for Zuccarello - be creative and productive yourself; use your eye glasses to look sharper; even to provide shots among blueliners; or to look for shooters in lines 3 and 4 if not capable to find them in lines 1 or 2. If nothing is working above then ,please, sit and watch the game in the press box by giving your spot at least to one of the players - Mayhew; Sturm;Sokolov;Dewar;Lodnia to get them a try for a minimal professional N
Maybe the offensive corps should carry out their defensive duties better and worry about scoring only after that.
And hey Mats - don't start throwing your line mates under the bus already. It's not like your game has been superior to anyone. Then again, did someone really think he'd be as good as Granlund? SMH