I don’t like Andreas Nodl. I don’t think he belongs in the NHL. And I’m amazed when anybody says otherwise.
When you’re building a team, you want every single player to be able to contribute something. Some guys score, some guys pass, some guys fight, some guys bring energy, some guys antagonize, and some guys play D. You need a solid mix of those talents for a team to be good. And because of the salary cap, and the fact that most teams wouldn’t afford top players for every role anyway, you have to find good, cheap players to do most of those things. Whether a player is expensive or cheap, you want good value. Just because a guy is cheap, doesn’t give him a free pass. He still has to contribute.
I don’t see Andreas Nodl doing anything to prove his worth, $845K. If anything, he gets more in the way and stunts other players more than helping out. It’s nice that he tries hard, but he’s just very ineffective. I’m not going to kill him for not scoring a ton. It’s clear that it’s not really his role to be a sniper. But I will kill him for his complete lack of passing ability. I don’t expect him to make perfect blind passes like Giroux, but is it too much to ask for hmi to hit open sticks? So many times he looks up and puts the puck too far out of reach, or into a guys skates. It completely kills the rush and generally leads to a turnover.
He doesn’t fight, talk smack, or throw big hits. So does that mean he’s on the team because of his defense? Two years ago, Mike Richards was worn down near the end of the season because he played so many hard minutes. So last year, Peter Laviolette spread those minutes out, in hopes of keeping his captain a bit more fresh for the playoff run. That means other guys played more prominent roles on the PK. Nodl did get some time shorthanded, but it was very, very minimal. He played in 67 games, and only 3 times did he have over a minute of PK time. And considering that the team was 7th in penalty minutes, there were plenty of opportunities to contribute.
So can somebody, anybody, please explain to me why they like Andreas Nodl?
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