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10-19-2009, 06:15 PM
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Originally Posted by PhoPhan View Post
He's some of those things. He can't skate and he's not the hardest worker on the ice (though given how much he bulked up last year, I would have a hard time calling him lazy in general), but he was billed as two-way player in juniors because he was smart and responsible, so I don't see a reason that can't be the case at the professional level. Mueller has a lot of work to do, but I wouldn't call him dumb or irresponsible.
I never saw more than a few of his amateur games. I've seen the majority of his professional games, though. I would definitely say that he has at least appeared to be relatively lazy, dumb, and irresponsible out on the ice as a professional. I'd say his last eighty games have been worse in that regard than his first eighty games. To me, that's even more discouraging. Honestly, it's so rare that he actually backchecks or hustles that I tend to notice every time he does so. I'd like to reiterate that I'm not saying his next eighty games will be as disappointing as his last eighty games. I'm simply saying if that after the next forty, there aren't some serious signs of improvement, I'd like to see him traded before his value totally plummets.

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