The Ripple Effect.
The fall-out of Kuba returning to the active roster continues.
The latest victim being Ryan Shannon.
Up until now, Shannons ability to play the point on the PP has kept him on the ice, ahead of Donnovan, but with Kuba back in, and Alfie manning the point in practice, Shannon has been made the odd man out.
I’m all for this. Shannon has been good on the point, often getting a shot off, and making solid plays both to his defensive partner, and into the offensive zone, but he’s been ineffective 5-5.
The only question now is, how long until Shannon gets the nod ahead of Cheechoo?
For a few games Cheech looked like he was rounding back into form, then it all fell apart vs. NSH. I’m not sure if it’s confidence, chemistry, health, or fitness, or a nasty combination of some, or all of the above. But the fact remains, the clock is ticking on Cheechoo’s viability as a top 6 player, and salary be damned, if he doesn’t soon step it up, he may well find himself riding the buses in the AHL.
But that’s a losing proposition for all, and the desire remains that Cheechoo can start to pull it back together.