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09-18-2009, 04:03 PM
Join Date: Jun 2003
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He's been OK but I haven't exactly been blown away. Surprised at the rave reviews he's been getting.
He looks pretty good with the puck on his stick, and in the offensive zone. Seems like a smart player with good instincts. Skates pretty well but not great.
But he's been absolutely ventilated defensively in both games he's played. Needs a *ton* of work defending against the rush, and has been exposed almost every time a player has come at him with any speed at all. Looks smaller than listed, as well, and doesn't exactly have a ton of grit.
Now, of course playing against pros is a big step up and if he's a smart player he should be able to adjust over the season in Manitoba. But this player looks a *long* way from the NHL to me, right now.
Decent signing, but I wouldn't call it anything resembling a 'great' signing, yet.
Oh I'd definitely agree with all this for sure. He has some notable holes in his game, but nothing we can't really alter with a good training regime, and some coaching. Hopefully we can turn him into a top-six PP type player who isn't a total train wreck defensively.
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