2018/19 General Signing Discussion Jun 7, 2018 17:50:23 GMT via mobile
Post by ashfieldpanther on Jun 7, 2018 17:50:23 GMT
He ticked so many boxes for us. Granted he hated training and his lack of pace may have been the problem for bigger success early on in his career but to arrive in the shed direct from a good DEL season and then choose to stay after the first season was a massive result for us.
Tools he had in the bag, checking, clearing the crease, PK, Power Play, playmaker, goal scorer, he even took on anyone who messed with anyone on our team. He had grit and an incredible compete level and a will to win. He also know the dark arts too. It appears he was a great leader in the dressing room, and chirped away at team mates, officials, and at opposing players. Granted people noticed his mistakes when they occurred but as he constantly played +30 mins a night he had more time to make them and his positive input far far outweighed the few mistakes he would make.
He was an enigma. Don’t think we will see anyone come close to him as a package. He was a player where we were both excited to see standing toe to toe with other tough players but at the same time terrified he wold injure a hand and be out for a length of time.
We have been fortunate to see 4 years of the best D man we have ever had and he will be sorely missed.
Other coaches are still toasting his departure no doubt lol And the gap between the Devils and the rest of the EIHL has just narrowed considerably.
These are just my thoughts.
For those Panthers (and Devils) fans with long memories, the only player who comes close on terms of skills, ability and impact on their team and the league is Darren Durdle