Thread: Recalled/Assigned: Ryan McDonagh Up / Del Zotto Down
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01-04-2011, 12:33 PM
Vito Andolini
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Originally Posted by Ian View Post
Bringing MDZ to the NHL last season was the right move, he's NHL-quality right now, even at 20.

The problem was that the organization expected him to keep working on his game and fix the errors within it that were shown last year, and he didn't.

Hopefully the wakeup call demotion works.
What exactly do you consider to be his "errors"?

Coming into the year all we heard from the coaching staff is how they want MDZ to be free to try to create offense, and not worry so much about the defensive side of the they did with Leetch when he was younger. Now we are hearing that he needs to learn how to make the simple play and not worry too much about what's going on up ice.

In my opinion, the real problem is that he's no longer much of an offensive force. I think everyone, including the coaching staff, would be OK with his spotty defense if it was somewhat offset by creating offensive opportunities. It isn't and so he's going down to the minors to try to find it again.

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