Lee is far and away the team's leader in high danger chances. He's the right guy on the wing - the pucks will go in.
Since becoming a regular again post Clutterbuck injury, Komarov has had some of the best possession numbers on the team. He's a legitimately good bottom sixer.
Bellows in two years of Bridgeport had a fun 10 game run where he scored 13 of his 16 goals this season. 16 goals in 45 games, 13 of which came in 10 games. He's never shown he can do it with consistency, and yes, while his 2 goal game against the Kings was fun, they were wide open nets.
You can do better than criticize the coach that won a Jack Adams.
lee cannot keep up with barzal, Watch the game and its evident. It does not matter if he leads the team in high danger chances : 1. the team doesn't have much skill to begin with so its not that much of an accomplishment 2. he can't finish, and this has been the case the entire season. Him and barzal don't mesh, he kills the transition game because again, he can't keep up with barzal.
Komarov has been good as of late as a 4th line rw , because that's where he should be. You need the 3rd line to produce, and as a 3 line rw he just wasn't cutting it. My point is vets are given a much longer leash, bellows commits one turnover and he's benched. They deserved to lose the game yesterday because of trotz deployment of his forwards.
Did you know that after bellows almost made the team at the beginning of the 18-19 season, the BPT coaching staff told him not to worry about points, they just wanted him to focus on his play away from the puck. Bellows had a slow start to this season, but he went on to put up 19 points in 25 games. Thats a pretty good sample size. He's in his D+3 season and he finally " got it" . Thats what happens with a lot of prospects - they start to light it up, they earn a call up and begin their NHL careers. Maybe we should let bellows marinate until he's 25.