Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Alex Aleardi MIA ?
Through 30 games Aleardi has 15 goals and 12 assists for 27 points. His 15 goals are just 1 shy of a career high for him. But Aleardi possesses excellent passing abilities and his 12 assists lead you to believe that either a) his teammates are not finishing or b) he's not passing as much as he should.
When you take into consideration that Aleardi scored 7 of his 15 goals in the first 3 games of the season (along with 1 assist) you have to question his 8 goals and 11 assists in his last 27 games.
There is everything to love about Aleardi's game. He possesses top knotch speed. His puck possession is above average. He is tenacious. He'll take the puck to the net. He has excellent playmaking ability. He's solid in his own zone. He can score. And on and on.
Some say it's his 5'10" 170 pound frame. But he doesn't play like that. Sure he can be knocked off the puck easily when he holds onto it too long. And maybe that's the problem. He has the vision to use his teammates more and quicker, but it's just not happening.
It's a stretch now to assume that Aleardi can reach the 80 points predicted/expected of him this season and thus will continue to drop him in rankings every where.