Tuesday, 24 February 2015
I thought Jiri Sekec had a huge upside. He had all the skills and some of the grit.
But it was not working for him in Montreal. If he is lucky he will be another Micheal Nylander. I do not understand why these amazing hockey players do not stick (with a team) in the NHL. Igor Larinov has a pretty good idea why. Its probably just a fact in todays NHL creativity does not cut the grass.
Devante Smith-Pelly has more grit than skill. I have to go with the flow and expect this was a good trade for the team. With Tinordi, Prust, Wiese and now Devante Montreal has become one of the toughest teams in the league. Montreal has a fistful of small skilled players who may be better than Sekec, if they have their tiny backs covered. Montreal has traded an east west artist for a north south painter. I think it was Bobby Clarke who said "hockey is played by men." In this contex Montreal has added half a man. In a game of inches and milliseconds this could be a great addition.