Thread: Recalled/Assigned: Abdelkader assigned to Grand Rapids
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01-31-2010, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Captain Bob View Post
I agree.
But I think he needs to work on his skating.

Maltby was a very effective grinder and energy player when he could skate. Then he slowed down and was always arriving too late to hit the D in their own end.
An extra step doesn't hurt anyone. A bit of smarts doesn't hurt, either, though.I don't think Abdelkader is appreciably slower (or faster) than guys like Franzen or Cleary, but I thought we saw both guys appear slower when at center than at wing. If Abdelkader can gain a step and be put in a spot to simplify his game (like next to Helm and Eaves next year), it can only be a good thing.

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