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11-15-2010, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by orland View Post
Very talented guy but I consider AA a "floater". He reminds me of some other Russians who don't play that hard for large chunks of the game but get by on their talent. It amazes me how he can vanish for periods on end while playing with 2 such hard working wings like Callahan and Dubi. Unquestionably headed towards success as a scorer in the NHL but he would be far better if he had an engine like his linemates. I'd like to see him score against the tough grinding teams such as the Flyers. I'm not sure he has that kind of heart.
he is absolutely NOT a floater...thats an awful observation. instead of just looking at him, look at what the opposition is doing around him. his defensive awareness is through the roof, often times when hes "floating" its because hes perfectly in the middle of an oppositions passing lane and doesnt need to move. hes not a lazy player at all, hes extremely smart on his positioning. his biggest problems are his lack of foot speed, which hes getting better at, and his lack of physical strength, which hes getting better at too. hes a young guy whose growing into his body.

but floater? this kid will be nominated for a selke within the next 5 years, you can book that.

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