by Patrick Hoffman on 02/04/10 at 02:05 PM ET
With guys like Aaron Voros and Donald Brashear on the New York Rangers’ roster, wouldn’t it have been better to keep/have a guy like Jed Ortmeyer on the team on again?
Jed works hard night in and night out and is being rewarded with the San Jose Sharks for his hard work. He gets a lot of playing time, he kills penalties, he blocks shots and makes the right decisions on and off the ice.
Yet, the Blueshirts went out and signed a guy like Donald Brashear this season. How do you think this makes General Manager Glen Sather look, especially considering that Ortmeyer was once a Ranger not too long ago?
John Kreiser from NHL.com had the following to say about Jed in his most recent column on the Pacific Division:
San Jose’s signing of forward Jed Ortmeyer last summer was one of those transactions that slips under the radar—players whose career high in goals is five don’t get a lot of attention, especially when they played just two NHL games the previous season.
But with the current season two-thirds gone, the addition of Ortmeyer has turned into a coup for Sharks GM Doug Wilson.
Ortmeyer entered Wednesday’s games with 7 goals and 15 points, excellent production for a player from whom little was expected this season. He has more than earned the confidence of coach Todd McLellan.
“It’s been a while since the coaches had confidence in me to (make a play and score),” Ortmeyer told the Sharks’ Web site. “It’s the combination of the coaches and the system. I think the system here is more upbeat and attacking. I have more of an idea what to expect from my linemates.”
Ortmeyer spent most of last season with Milwaukee, the Nashville Predators’ AHL affiliate. He wasn’t thrilled, but said that in retrospect, it might have been a good thing.
“It was a tough, long year for me,” Ortmeyer said. “I could have approached it differently and made it a negative, but I used it as a positive to work on my game and play different roles. If I was (upset) and pouting and not taking advantage of the situation, I would probably still be in the minors.”
“The NHL was taken away from him,” McLellan said. “... He knows how easy it is to lose.”
Here’s wishing Jed nothing but the best and continued success with the Sharks, who are right in every way to have him in the lineup every single game.
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