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07-27-2010, 03:14 PM
Join Date: May 2010
Another Leaf fan here. He's a good player, somewhat of a tweener 2nd-3rd line winger. He hits a bit but never lays out any devastating checks like you'd think a player as big as him (that apparently hits that much) would do.
He provides a nice level of offence, you can probably count on 45-55 points from him, 20 goals are practically a certainty. He's underrated defensively, but he's not a PK-unit type of forward.
He plays well in a variety of roles, he can be a complimentary winger on the 1st line, though much more suited for the 2nd, and is a pretty effective 3rd liner for reasons I described above. He's not overly fast or a good skater, but he is strong on his skates and has an OK shot. Like was mentioned earlier, however, he's not the kind of guy who stays put in front of the net - he just doesn't seem up to the punishment that goes with being a true net-crasher.
And he began taking some ridiculous penalties in his last season or two with the Leafs, like when we were on the PP or in the attacking zone. Funny thing is, he doesn't take too many penalties overall so it's frustrating that when he does, they come at the worst time possible.
Overall he's honestly a good hockey player, he just got a bad rep being a default 1st liner in Toronto and not producing when he played with Malkin. I wouldn't expect a repeat performance of his time with the Penguins.
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