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11-03-2008, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike8 View Post
Don't see any topic of discussion with O'Byrne, really. Coming into this season, I didn't like him. Thought he was clumsy, Popovicesque with better skating, and too reactionary.

Now I like his play around and behind the net, appreciate his skating and see he's got potential to be able to move the puck. And he works hard.

He needs to calm down on the ice, not run around so much, and keep some fundamentals in mind. Also needs to stop using his free hand.
Agreed...I think he got used to doing that in the NCAA/AHL where he's strong enough to use that free hand and stop players in their tracks, in the NHL, even guys like Chad Larose make him pay for doing that. He's got to learn to defer more to Hamrlik, just like Komisarek did when he got paired up with Markov.

O'Byrne tries to do too much...I don't know why everyone is so keen on sending him down or trading him, I think the Habs are strong enough to play around his weaknesses, hoping that by x-mas he'll be better for it

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