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04-25-2011, 09:59 AM
Join Date: Nov 2009
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I'll never understand why people feel like every player over 6'2 is required to be physical. Artie has shown tremendous improvement in his willingness to get to the dirty areas of the ice and his ability to protect the puck. His on-ice awareness has also improved, and he's not skating around with his head down so much.
He's a potentially tremendous asset. Offensive upside in the ~60 point range, defensively responsible, and he's a great kid that the coaches really like. I truly hope to see him as our #2C for a long, long time.
No problem with what he showed me this year.
Do all big players need to be physical? No, but if you are not going to use your size to your advantage you better have a lot of dancing abilities to make up for it. So far Anisimov has not shown consistently enough (keyword: consistently) that he has that ability. I hope he does eventually though. Realistically why can't he do both? That's how Ovechkin plays. Obviously Arty isn't Ovie, but that doesn't mean he can't play a similar game.
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