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09-20-2003, 05:40 PM
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Agree with most of Smokey's observations. It is worth noting that Shish deserves credit for that goal because it wouldn't have happened had he not flown down the ice to pressure Passmore as he tried to play it to the corner. I had observed Shish floating near the blue line during scrimmages and was concerned, but he didn't seem to do it nearly as much.

I would also hold up Zidlicky's play as being really smart. Great stick work to break up several rushes. Hamhuis also looked super out there.

I am less and less concerned about defense and more concerned about goal scoring now. Hopefully Legwand is not seriously hurt. And thinking about goal scoring, it makes me feel less and less the Preds should keep up two gritty forwards in the open forward spots. There should be one gritty player and one playmaker/offensive threat IMHO. Whether that turns out to be Shishkanov, Erat, or maybe even Haydar could surprise us...

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