Zaitsev

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  1. Stephen

    Stephen Registered User

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    I don't know, some organizations seem to churn out competent defensemen year after year out of nothing. The Bruins, Kings, Blues seem to create them out of thin air.
     
  2. meng666

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    Needs to sit. Plekanec needs to sit too, I hate to admit it but that trade didn't work. Nice try though.
     
  3. weems

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    It could be in his head.
    Ask anyone thats had a knee injury before and they have this self doubt when it comes to certain plays.
    I bet with concussions, when you return your so concerned about protecting yourself that you just get rid of the puck like its a hot potatoe.
    He has the skillset to be an effective D but sometimes his brain turns off and others he is very reckless with the puck.
    Toronto has always been a good place for D to get roasted. Hopefully he gets his game back because that contract is going to look super ugly if he cant.
     
  4. Egghead1999

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    He is a "emaciated's" version of Polak now :help::help::help::help:
     
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    Again, was really solid the last quarter of the season, was our best dman in game 1 and had a bad 1st period in game 2 and some of you want him off the team?

    Energy could be better spent elsewhere.
     
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    Alex K #EarnTheDayAfterTomorrow

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    It's so funny to read all the hate.) In game 2 the whole Leafs' defence looked like garbage, obviously they've been destroyed not only because of Zaitsev's weak game.
     
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    I'm willing to give Zaitsev a second chance this offseason... We'll call this the sophmore jinx... but he really needs to step up next season.
     
  8. ToneDog

    ToneDog Voice of Reason

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    Feed the Bears ??
     
  9. ToneDog

    ToneDog Voice of Reason

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    You are not wrong but for Z it is too frequent. Something is not right with him. He looks skinny and weak.
     
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    No idea what happened to this guy. Last season he was a decent top 4 offensive D. This year he's basically completely lost out there.
     
  11. Muston Atthews

    Muston Atthews Bunch of Bangerz

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    Got his contract and seemingly lost all ability to shoot, make a breakout pass and just have any sort of hockey IQ. He’s been atrocious all year. Far cry from the Zaitsev from last year
     
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    He did look good last year and very early this year before injuries. I know it's not popular to say give him a chance because my goodness, he was horrible last night. But let's see.
     
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    Been worried about Zaitsev for a while:

    (Said this Oct. 7th, 2017)

    One problem I think with Zaitsev is that he's an offensive defender, and Babcock is trying to use him in a defensive role. Babcock did the same thing with Rielly last year.

    I think having a child and getting sick and losing some weight didn't do him any good. He didn't have a good season this year... but I think there is the potential for him to be better next year. But realistically, I see him more as a bottom pairing right defender, maybe paired with someone like Borgman.
     
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    Also it's strange for me to see him mostly as a PK'er rather than a PP guy. Maybe this role change affected him as well.
     
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    well we don't have much choice there, he's got a 7 year deal
     
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    If Carrick is then Egocock will 100% sit Dermott instead of Polak or Hainsey. Veteran fetish too strong with Egocock.
     
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    Zaitsev never came back the same after that head injury at the end of last season. Then factor in this season's foot injury, he just looks slow and a lot more timid to get into the dirty areas. Hopefully he can get all rested and healed up this off season.
     
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    Zaitsev is TERRIBLE in the playoffs and it's because he tries to do more than he's capable of. Over committing on Marchand cost us a goal, trying to lay big hits on much bigger players than him is constantly putting him out of position. He's an emotional player, which is good, but he let's his emotions dictate his play.

    1st goal Zaitsev is running behind the net chasing Marchand leaving the goal scorer wide open in front.
    2nd goal Zaitsev with a PATHETIC coverage in front of our net costing us another goal.
    3rd goal goes without saying... unlucky yes, but an innocent shot out front of the net deflects wildly off of Zaitsev's stick into the net... even Andersen tried to deflect it because he saw it coming.
     
  19. BleedsBlueSNRefugee

    BleedsBlueSNRefugee Should know better..

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    Really tough year for Zaitsev. Hopefully it is the Sophomore slump, combined with injuries.

    Not ready to write him off, but I’m really hoping Holl and Liljegren are ready to seriously compete next year.

    Our rhd is not where we need it to be at this moment.
     
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    When does his KHL out clause come in affect?
     
  21. HamiltonNHL

    HamiltonNHL Mini Cup run dies miserably, predictably

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    You don't do this now.
    It's too late for that now.
     
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    I am not sure if anyone read the Athletic article on Z last year. He talked about how he OBSESSES over mistakes he makes and has a hard time letting go. That to me is not an NHL top 4 D...he looks like he is literally lost out there on what to do. He is the ONE guy you will always see in highlights that is standing around the goalscorer and doing nothing as it goes in. Not even attempting to hit/push/engage the scorer at ALL. The guy is just not mentally tough enough for this league.
     
  23. ShameOnYouZidlicky

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    He was our best D-man in game 1. Second worst in game 2. Hoping he can come back strong for game 3.
     
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    I thought Dermott was the best defenceman both games.
     
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    Pretty much this.

    I thought he played an OK second and a good third yesterday but that first period really dragged him down.
     

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