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03-31-2011, 12:33 PM
DROP THE PUCK
Join Date: Dec 2007
If the kid doesn't improve his skating and his strength he won't last in the NHL.
Plain and simple.
He isn't getting scratched and benched because of his skill level or attitude.
He's getting scratched and benched because his size started to be a factor. It effected him at even strength where he was a non factor for a while now. And his skating coupled with lack of strength has caused him to be unreliable defensively.
For players his size they need to be VERY strong, and need to be elite skaters.
He is neither of the two.
He has a lot of work to do in the summer, and guys like Kreider 6-3 220, Werek 6-2 200, Grachev 6-4 220 will be in camp as will Thomas coming off a 50 goal season and Hagelin who was one of the better NCAA players the last two years.
It has nothing to do with "giving up on him" but more to do with being a realist.
If the kid doesn't get stronger...much stronger, and vastly improve his skating, he is not going to make it.
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