In every game the Predators have played this season I have seen Jordin Tootoo take the puck into the offensive zone with tremendous speed, shouldering off a guy and making a sweet cross-crease pass, but no one there. Every game, sometimes twice a game. But never to Sergei.. or Wilson, or Erat, or Leggy or Smith or bless his soul Mike Fisher. But why not?
Isn't this exactly what the Predators offense needs? Puck possession in the offensive zone? Oh Lords, entering the offensive zone WITHOUT dumping and chasing? Someone needs to remind this Predators team that 'getting pucks deep' some of the time, is skating it there.
Our offense is struggling, yes and there are a lot of reasons, but NONE of those reasons are that our forwards can't shoot. We have shooters, we need more Tootoo. I have a fever..
For all the talk about how Tootoo's game has reached another level - which it HAS.. why not give him that role?
If you're gonna shuffle the lines like Barry Trotz anyway, why not give him a shift with Leggy and Wilson, or SK74 and Cal O'reilly? That's the line we should be seeing. Cal and Toots have been playing well together, and Sergei, shot percentage notwithstanding, would bury that cross-crease pass from Tootoo.
I wanna see Ryan Hopkins Nugent enter the zone with teeth like Jordin Tootoo. He can't.