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08-09-2010, 08:03 AM
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Great shot, great hands, good skater, and if he had any shred of finishing ability around the net he'd score 30 goals on a consistent basis. As it stands though, he is tremendously soft, easy to knock off the puck for someone with his size, weak defensively, and brings absolutely nothing to the table other than points, which is disappointing considering he does have a very real problem finishing from in close.
His game appears "streaky" because his skillset breeds inconsistency. He's always going to be consistently inconsistent. Boudreau and McPhee are giving him a long leash because they see the good flashes and just think he's going to eventually mature and adjust, or they think that his finishing issue is just bad luck and he'll get over it.
I just hope that they aren't relying on him too much because at this point he is what he is; that's a guy that is a 40-50 point player in the regular season and an unplayable player in the post-season.
Bruins can have him for a draft pick as far as I'm concerned. He's a great fit on a team that needs extra offense to get themselves into the playoffs, but he's useless once you get there.
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