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10-28-2009, 10:12 PM
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I think it's a bit early to write Mueller off this early.

He has the hands to be a first liner in the league. We saw it at the World Juniors years ago and he displayed first line hands in his rookie year.

What he doesn't have is elite skating. He has the wheels of a 2nd/3rd liner. Mueller is IMO a more cerebral type player who needs to learn to react more quickly to give himself enough time and space to be effective.

What we've seen the last year and for the better part of this season is a player who's timing is completely off. Last year with the much discussed inappropriate increase in muscle mass, Mueller was even slower and could not keep up with the play. This year, he doesn't look like he's rediscovered his timing and seems out of sequence with the developing play.

We saw some good signs tonight in the game against Columbus. By playing physical, Mueller looked to be creating some space for himself which in turn gave him that slight bit of extra time to make something happen. It was a step forward tonight. Something that hopefully he can repeat.

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