Forensics: Is Jiri Tlusty For Real?

Tom Collins



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Sometimes, all an NHL player needs is a chance. Jiri Tlusty received his last year.


And a player needs to be ready, because they never know when that opportunity will come. Sometimes it's an increase in ice time when a teammate gets injured, clicking with the new linemates or switching from defence to forward.


Or in some cases, all it takes is a new coach who is willing to give you that chance.


That's what happened with Jiri Tlusty last season. Once Kirk Muller took over the head coaching duties in Carolina, Tlusty has seen an increase in ice time and quality of linemates, helping him finish fifth in the goal-scoring race this past year

Just look at his top linemates from the last three seasons.





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