Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 1/29/13
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Two questions for this week’s mailbag, both stemming from posts this week. Q: Why the hate for Bickel? You tweeted he’s probably the whipping boy, but I don’t know why you feel that way. Yes, I did tweet that Stu Bickel is likely to be the whipping boy this year. But to be clear, we don’t necessarily agree with having any one particular whipping boy. It just so happens that Bickel has been horrid this year, and his struggles extend to last year during the playoffs as well. Bickel has found himself out of position more times than we can remember, and his skating isn’t where it needs to be for the NHL level. But that doesn’t make him a whipping boy, that just makes him a matchup defenseman. People will look to him as a whipping boy because he was played at forward while Chris Kreider sat as a “healthy scratch.” In fact, Kreider has an ankle injury. Regardless, unless Bickel turns this around, he may find himself as the whipping boy. Q: What is with the powerplay?
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