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12-16-2010, 10:58 PM
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: New Jersey
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He's a great sniper, one of the best in the league, but he doesn't possess an all-around offensive game like some other elite forwards. One of the things that I've noticed about him lately is that he doesn't have a good puck possession game, so he is losing the puck and turning it over frequently. He could certainly benefit from having a skilled puck carrier on his line.
Tonight, it seemed like the effort may not have been there until the 3rd period. He was hanging out on the perimeter and shooting the puck from the halfboards instead of getting into the prime scoring areas.
Read my mind. Speed is there usually, he can pick his spots all day, he can get open. But he can't really stick-handle or control the puck as well as Crosby or Malkin and can't run over people like Ovechkin (who would LOVE Tort's system, btw. Just saying.). But just having him in the lineup is a boost. As somebody else said, this team is much worse off with him than without him, whether he's scoring 30 or 50. He's still generally a point a game player.
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