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03-15-2010, 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Trxjw View Post

I think Staal makes Rozsival look like a competent defensemen. The same way he makes Girardi look like a #2/3 guy instead of the #4/5 guy he is. Staal has been excellent down low since Juniors. Has Rozsival helped Staal's development? Idk, perhaps, but I don't think he's trying to teach him the ropes more than any other d-man.

My issue with Rozsival is still his battles with consistency. He's playing well as of late, but I don't feel it will last.

agree with the bolded for sure

and i never watched Staal in juniors but protecting the puck down low and controlling the corners has to be an entirely different expereince in the NHL compaired to juniors and i couldn't help but notice that Staal had almost 0 learning curve on the one thing Rosi does consistanly well (even when not playing with staal)

and this is not to take anything away from Staal...I could be way off base, but it was something i've been pondering for a little while

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