Another game-day in the AHL another win for Albany, 3-0 against Binghamton and another you know what ? Yeah, Another good game for Vladimir Zharkov: 3 points night, 1G / 2A +/- +3
Zharkov has scored 6 points in his last 5 games, 14 points in 20 games and +/- +1 overall.
As a comparison Steve Zalewski leads Albany with 17 points... In 30 games. At this pace, Zharkov could be leading the team in total points scored by the end of next week. I'm serious.
So, in my opinion, it's getting obvious that Vlad, at 23, still gets room for improvement. With 14 points scored in 20 AHL games and a pretty responsible defensive level, he could be helpful on the Devils 4th line. But Mister Deboer is still riding the Apocalypse line. Depressing.
To tell the truth, I like what Pete Deboer is doing with the Devils so far, his system is asking a lot of coordination between the defensive corps and the forwards, that may be a risky way to play hockey every day, but I fell like that, in general, he's a good coach.
On the other hand, Seeing Eric Boulton with a completely safe spot in the NHL is a shame. I said it before, I'll say it again, Boulton's even worse than Cam Janssen, Mister Boulton brings absolutely nothing to the table besides getting caught offside with consequence when Kovy and Parise are on a double-shift or icing the puck in the most pathetic manner.
Still it is just a personal opinion, so what's your take on that ?