Zherdev Remains an Enigma

ZHERDEV HAS TOOLS, NEEDS CONSISTENCY

…I was totally in favor of the Flyers bringing in a guy like Zherdev this summer.  Sure, he’s had his issues, but what were the chances he’d continue to be an enigma here in Philly?  I guess I didn’t really look at the guy the Flyers were bringing in.  Despite remaining one of the most puzzling individuals to ever put on a Flyers uniform, Nikky Z still is one of the team’s top goal scorers, adding his fourteenth of the season last night.  His two assists obviously are a concern, and the fact that he seems to take prolonged absences (3-4 games at a time) out of Peter Laviolette’s line-up also is a sign that he certainly will be gone after this season.

Of course, when it comes to THIS season, Zherdev, in my opinion, brings a helluva lot more to the table than does Dan Carcillo.  I am in favor of having an enigmatic Zherdev in the line-up more than an undisciplined Carcillo, but then again there’s also a reason I’m not the Flyers’ bench boss.  We shall see how it all plays out, but hopefully Zherdev can start to shed that ‘enigma’ label and start making a better reputation for himself in this league, because, as Frank Seravalli says in that article, he certainly has the tools to be great.

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One Response to “Zherdev Remains an Enigma”

  1. I dunno, sounds to me like the coach knows exactly how to use Zherdev. Maybe he’s keeping him to the KHL schedule he was used to in terms of TOI for a season? It is unconventional, but whatever works!

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