: Larry Brooks:
Pressure style has Redden in the zone
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10-14-2009, 12:14 PM
Join Date: Aug 2005
I dont think Redden will ever be worth his contract, but thats not his problem.
Since Torts has took over the team he has played better. The beginning of this season is the best hes played as a Ranger.
Hes in on the play, he is THE best defenseman on the team in knowing when to pinch. He uses his body very effectively to shield off or take a hit from oncoming forwards to make a play. Hes been good in the zone for the most part. The first passes are better. He also is very adept in knowing when to stand up at either line and break up plays in the neutral zone, but it leads to his deficiency below.
I think his biggest shortcoming, and this wont change regardless of the system he plays in is his footspeed recovery. He can get beat outside pretty easily if he's caught off guard with a speedy player coming down the wing. Many defenseman in this league will get beat in that situation, but some recover better than Redden. If thats the only thing you have to deal with then fine. Ill live with it if he continues to stay consistent with all the other positives.
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