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03-10-2008, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Padan View Post
How is Zidlicky's defensive game? He's a fairly high-scoring defenseman, but I rarely hear anything about him.
IMO, Zidlicky's biggest problem is not his defense. Granted he's not great in the defensive zone, but he's not as bad as people make him out to be. The reason he gets railed on is he has a strong tendency to make very poor decisions with the puck, resulting in turnovers and scoring opportunities for the other team (see the first power play of Friday's game). He frequently makes passes to players who are heavily covered or not expecting the puck, and it seems like he is never in position to keep the puck in at the blue line (it drives me crazy seeing him and Suter out on the same power play unit). That said, he usually makes pretty good breakout passes and can skate the puck up ice into the offensive zone by himself.

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