Justin Shugg considers himself a playmaker.
"My shot is not a definite advantage," he told Hockey’s Future recently. "When I get an opportunity, I guess I can score, but I try to be a playmaker."
But Shugg underestimates his goal-scoring ability. Not only does he have 33 goals in 59 games for the Windsor Spitfires this year, with a goals to assists ratio that is about even (34 assists), but his own goaltender testified to his goal-scoring prowess.
"He can score at the right time," Philipp Grubauer said. "And he works hard every time he’s on the ice."
Shugg’s hard work indeed is refreshing for someone with so much talent. Down a goal, even two, he plays as if he’s sure the turn-around is entirely doable.
"I love being under pressure and when the game’s late, I love being on the ice and being accountable," Shugg said, pointing out that Windsor was still in need of points to secure home-ice advantage for the playoffs.
Shugg would probably love to be on the ice more, period, but playing on the reigning Memorial Cup champion team that is loaded for bear again this year, ice time is at a premium.
"On this team there’s so much skill and depth that you have to take advantage of every opportunity," he said.
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