Why is Anton Lander picking up so many minus numbers as the season winds down? Seriously, it’s becoming alarming. If I’m reading the SEL schedule correctly, TIMRA has one more game to play during the regular season. It is tomorrow.
Lander has struggled offensively since Valentine’s day, and by struggled I mean by a lot. In his first 42games, Lander was 9-14-23 -4 and since I bought my heart shaped pizza he’s 6gp, 1-0-1, -10. What happened? He’s playing the same minutes, he’s improved in the faceoff circle? Whaddup? Don’t know. Earlier in the season he was on a line with Bjorn Svensson on what looked like a 3rd line, but lately he’s been playing with more talented wingers in Matt Murley and Jamie Lundmark on a 2line.
Lander’s scouting report on draft day suggested he had a future in that difficult 3rd line checking role:
- Lander is a two-way checking forward with excellent outside speed. He can make plays at full speed and controls the puck with a lot of confidence. A very unselfish player, Lander is always aware of where his teammates are and makes good crisp passes. He is a hard working forechecker, keeping his feet moving all the time. With a strong quick release wrist shot, he often uses d-men as a screen off the offensive rush. Lander drives the net hard with and without the puck and doesn’t quit on the puck until the whistle goes. Reliable and disciplined, he brings a consistent effort to the rink every game and always improves his team’s chances of winning a game. Will adapt and play any role given by coach.”
The rebuild needs Anton Lander.