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01-26-2009, 06:07 PM
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Bullsmith
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Originally Posted by le_sean View Post
Good for him. He needs to use his long reach and size to force opponents to the outside. Then he should be real effective.

I agree with this, especially since he's prone to mistakes when he plays the puck. But for me what O'Byrne most needs to do is put as much force as he can into those clean chances to contact he gets, especially when he's pinning people to the boards. He needs to establish a comfort zone that puts the pressure on the forwards trying to get past him, he's not trying to do anything but, as le sean says, force them outside and then, when it's available, try and punish them with your size and decent speed. It's the latter that will make him succeed in the league, and he's shown it before. In fact before the NHL he showed it consistently.

He's not a Komisarek open-ice beast, but when he happens to have someone on the boards, clean of course, he needs to punish them as much as he can, every time he can.

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