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02-25-2009, 09:05 AM
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: fort lauderdale
POI Horton is now playing center for the Panthers and, after an uneven transition period, he is playing very well. Horton is not as good a defender as Staal, but skates better, passes way better, shoots way better and shows much more awareness on the ice. No way that the Panthers trade him for Staal.
IMO based upon his performance this season, Staal represents a major project at center, since he no longer appears as mobile as he once did (i.e.biigger but slower), he lacks vision, cannot pass, lacks an accurate shot and shows a lot of inconsistency. It is 50/50, whether he fulfills his potential. Why Shero signed him long term at $4million in the midst of the season is a mystery to me.
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