Originally Posted by Top Shelf
We need more of the performances that produced the stats being completely ignored because they don't support a particular position that looks just like intense and somewhat irrational dislike of the player. For some reason, despite having weeks to try to do it, no one has yet offered any meaningful or logical refutation of my main point, which was that when the only two people with more points and assists on your team are named Stamkos and St. Louis, you must be doing pretty well and proving your value to the club, beyond question. No one. The open invitation still stands.
"My golden boy"...*sigh* no, if I had one it'd be Marty St. Louis, who, being human, has his own off nights and foibles (deliberately avoiding use of the word "shortcomings") as well, like not shooting enough, not being the greatest at defense and being too hard on himself. Even though he's imperfect his consistent production numbers still make him awesome as hell and worth keeping on the team IMHO. No amount of scouring the web for footage of him making mistakes will be sufficient to revoke that observation, based on a stellar career stretching over a decade, but any who are so inclined are at liberty to pursue that if they wish.
I don't watch any video that forces me to sit through a 30-second commercial first, but that doesn't matter in this case since I already caught the game last night. I'm kind of a big-picture guy...IMO, points matter. I don't inhabit a world where this or that mistake voids the consistent production numbers of a player like Purcell, which arguably reflect a contribution to the team over the entire (albeit amputated) season to date that can be described as outstanding, excellent, or superior...meaning standing out from everyone else but Marty and Stammer, excelling beyond everyone but those two, superior to every single other player on the team in putting up points except just those two iconic superstars. Taking the long view of the big picture, he's really not doing that badly. A forward basically has to either be a cancer in the dressing room or stop being among the team leaders at causing pucks to go in the net for me to consider getting rid of him. There are plenty of Kharitonovs in the world who can stickhandle around a puma in a phone booth, but this guy can do that PLUS cause scoring plays to happen. I may hate the way he pronounces his name but who cares? Guys racking up assists are making their teammates better and helping goals occur, which is what I expect from forwards
Perhaps if you read and contemplate it will seem less irrational. You didn't even watch the vid, which implies you aren't interested in information that might challenge your opinion, but I'll respond anyway.
First, Purcell is not consistent. Last year he had 28 points in the first 48 games. Then he wakes up and scores 37 in the last 31 games. I remember his effort level roughly matching his point production, I was ready to trade him last year before he went on his tear.
This year he has 14 games without a point, just under half the games played, and 24 points in the other 15 games. So this year offensively, he's either great or nothing. And the video is example of how he doesn't offer a lot outside the offensive zone.
Second, I don't simply dislike Purcell. I think he'd be a top line player I love if he battled consistently, but he doesn't. Your question is not hard to answer - he's extremely talented but doesn't work hard consistently as his stats the last two years illustrate. I defer to his coach, Guy Boucher:
""Teddy is probably the most skilled player on our team," Boucher said. "In terms of pure skill, Purcell is unbelievable. He relies too much on his skill, and I want him to force himself and rely on battling more. When he does that he looks terrific out thre. When he doesn't we're missing a big part of our game we need to get.""
My last complaint about Purcell is his physical game, which is nonexistent while he's only 7 lbs lighter than Vinny, our leading hitter. Purcell has 9 hits on the season, Vinny has 60 and has been hobbled half the season. The only guys on the team with less hits are Bergeron, Tyrell, Johnson, and Mikkelson who collectively have played less games than Purcell. It's not that I want Purcell to play line a checking liner, it's just indicative of how weak his physical game is. I recently saw him give up the puck along out end boards as he jumped out of the way of a modest check attempt - not a Rinaldo flying in at light speed.