Sunday, May 16, 2010

The NYR Facts Of Life: #81 Enver Lisin

For each player who suited up in a Blueshirt this season we will take the good, we will take the bad and take them both and see what we have. We are nearing the bottom of the roster and begin the final four with #81, Enver Lisin.

#81's #s: 57 games, six goals, eight assists, -1, 18 PIM.

Take the good: Enver averaged just over 11 minutes of ice time a night and nearly a hit per game (56 in 57). He brought some unreal speed and enthusiasm to the lineup, his bromance with Arty was hilarious and teammates said he was one of the funniest guys on the team.

Take the bad: Enver was acquired from Phoenix for Lauri Korpikoski but to most of us he was the replacement for Petr Prucha. While Lisin only trailed Prucha in average points per game by a small margin (.26 to .28), eight of Enver's 14 points came in the first 12 games of the season. After that, he had massive goal droughts of 15, 10 and 14 games. For someone that was expected to add a little skill to his scorching speed, he didn't even have a single shot in 10 of his games. Lisin felt the wrath of Tortorella's accountability when he was benched for the entire third period of the game against Buffalo in early December and the coach said he wouldn't have even dressed him the next game if he wasn't forced to.

Take them both and then we have: A young player who never got comfortable in the lineup. And it wasn't really his fault; Lisin bounced around the lines, saw his ice time fluctuate from a high of over 20 minutes down to as little as three and spent a solid amount time in the press box - both healthy and hurt (with a broken foot). He was waived at one point and will be an RFA that is not likely to be qualified by July 1st.


Anonymous said...

Perfect example of why "Torts" is an asshole and shitty coach. Never let this guy grow on the team. Lisin seems to have the ability to be a solid NHLer, and will hopefully be tendered a contract.

Anonymous said...

I agree Lisin was never given a real chance but supsect he is the Russian version of Rico Fata.