: Larry Brooks:
Tortorella leans heavily on Rangers' top-six forwards
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12-15-2009, 06:01 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
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It's not unusual for rookie defensemen who are playing their first few games in the NHL to see little ice time. They will also see very little ice time in the 3rd, especially if the team is down a goal or tied. It happened with Del Zotto early in the season, Sangs, and now Heikkinen.
If this team had a veteran 7th defenseman, it wouldn't even be an issue. You can't expect a rookie defenseman who has played less than 5 games in the NHL to log 15 minutes a night. This is one of the downsides to having such a young D corps.
Heikkinen has never played more than 10 minutes in any of the 4 games. His time has decreased in each game. Sorry but in the limited time he has played,he stinks.
Torts talks about Heikkinen needing to improve his foot speed. He is not going to improve his foot speed at the age of 25.
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