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10-16-2010, 12:37 PM
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If you have followed Artem on the ice you'd really notice how good he had been for us on defense. To this point - take a look at his play last night during fist period PK -he made exceptional good plays during two separate PKs there with his stick work in one and positioning on the other forcing take aways. I've always been a huge fan of his but I never wanted to go overboard. Here on HFB I've seen a couple of times that Antropov is mentioned as someone AA could develop into. While I can acknowledge the comparision based on size, skating and hands - I think if we were to look more from his hockey smarts and defensive play perspective - I wholeheartedly believe we a looking a a bigger version of Datsuk developing here. The only Artem's shortcomings so far - I don't think he's going to develop in as good of fighter as Datsuk
Oh yeah, the guy's pretty good defensive forward. He just lacks quickness. He's plenty fast, but in small spaces his slow feet are so painfully obvious. He makes up for that with his smart positioning and reach, but his feet will prevent him from one of the top defensive forwards in the game.
With that said, I'm so glad he's on our team. Just a smart, hard working player.
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