a zherdev observation
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09-23-2008, 10:27 AM
with the 10th pick..
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Well, it's kind of like asking why Jagr wasn't a center
Then again, Lemieux was a center and he was lazy about backchecking as well.
i dont see Z as the same kinda player as jagr. jagr was in his heyday, a dominant goal scorer more than a setup guy.
that was my first game watching zherdev and it occurred to me that the kid could be one sweet centerman.
i understand the defensive responsabilities of that position but he seems to have a high hockey iq and endless talent. wingers should be scorers, shooters, snipers even. in zherdev is see a playmaker, set up guy and a puck mover.
unlike many last night, i though he looked good. i have built in expectations that hell turn the puck over in bad spots like early kovy, but i saw all his shots last night, wrister, snapper and slapper and he has all the tools. he made plays with the pill, nice deft passes, took the body a bit, certainly backchecked and controlled the puck in the corner at the end of the game.
i dunno. i still see a gifted centerman.
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