Announcer Randy Hahn on Supporting San Jose Sharks’ Players

June 8th, 2010 by MJ Kasprzak Leave a reply »

This is the follow-up question on the lack of objectivity in the organisation; for part one, see my companion piece on Shark-Infested Blogger. As always, my contributions to the interview are in italics, and Mr. Hahn's responses in regular type.

There also was some defensiveness throughout the organisation about the play of Joe Thornton in the first round, talking about contributing in ways that don’t show up on the statsheet: defensive responsibilities, big faceoffs...And of course he was, to me, one of the two or three best players in the second and third round.

But in the first round he had only two real assists, with the third one coming on an empty-net goal, he had the worst plus-minus (rating), and he was only third among the centres in faceoffs. So, it seemed to me that the organisation, coaching staff...was very defensive with the scrutiny that he got.

How realistic do you think it is for the expectations on a team’s best player to be higher than the way he performed in the first round? Or do you really think that it’s a matter of ...

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