GDT: Game #4 | Blues @ Rangers | "Return of Kaufman"

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  1. stl76

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    I think you're being way too hard on Thompson here Celtic Note. His vision has been fine-to-good IMO and I do not see any lack of drive...can you elaborate on what you mean by that exactly? Because I think his compete level has been very good. If you mean drive to the net, then I agree he has been a bit too much on the perimeter, but I think that's a confidence issue/adjusting the NHL speed and intensity more than anything else. It will hopefully come with more experience and confidence. Agreed that his agility is not great, and there's parts of his skating that need to improve but it's not a glaring problem (yet) IMO.

    Yes, his shot may end up being his most important attribute, but it's not like he's useless otherwise. I really disagree with your critique of his vision, I think he's made some great passes and plays with the puck in the offensive and neutral zone. As others mentioned, his stick handling and puck possession have both been a positive asset (tho I will say that he's been knocked off the puck too easily in the corners a couple times).

    Bottom line: it's been 4 games, and Thompson is still very much a work-in-progress learning the NHL game, but he has been pretty good so far all things considered. He still has a lot he can improve on, but that doesn't mean that he has already shown all he is capable of.
     
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    Blanick turned 2 masterful performences followed by two very solid efforts to get us to 4-0. Then he has one night where he can't give us his best and we turn on him? Who do you think he is, a Blues goaltender?
     
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    I can't speak for him, but the way it read to me felt like he was referring to Thompson not driving to the net or the hard areas of the ice. He's seemed a bit tentative to do that and has been more of a perimeter player so far.
     
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    Its hard to judge his vision because he tries to do things with the puck he shouldn't when there are obvious outlets. So does he not see the pass, or does he just think he can make a play with his stick and skates? I think it is more the latter, but it is hard to say his vision is great when he is missing obvious passes in favor of getting himself hemmed in. As such, I also disagree that his stick handling has been positive. He made a few moves in the pre-season but I don't recall any moves that led to anything in the regular season. If anything, his confidence in it is a negative at this point. But its so early, he can still learn what he can and can't do. Once he gets that down, I think we'll get a better handle on his other attributes.
     
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    to be fair I have never once stated I was a decent human being on these here boards :dunce:
     
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    Thompson isn't lost, which is important at this point in his development. When he inevitably gets sent back down, he'll have an opportunity to dominate a slower game. His 2nd shot at the NHL will give a better indication about what kind of player he will be.
     
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    Bobby Orrtuzzo aka A Sad Blues Fan

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    I can start a quarter assed GDT if need to be...
     
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    I'm sad that this got posted in a 2 day old GDT, because it is probably an early candidate for post of the year.
     
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    Shameless double post, but my vote is to just make this a double-full-assed GDT and use it for tonight's game.
     
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