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05-03-2011, 06:29 AM
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Panfork
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Originally Posted by Blazephr View Post
The kid has got to work on his skating. Eventually, the rest of the league will catch on to him and know how to defend against Stepan. Skating is the only issue I see that could hurt him in the long run. He's gonna have to figure out ways to create more space for himself through better footwork.
This. Throughout the year, his skating was sub-par, and by the time fatigue hit him during the playoffs, he was barely moving. He's noticeably slow, and it affects his game adversely. I'm sure it's going to be the key thing that Steps will be working on over the summer. Torts is a great conditioning coach and will work on his stamina and help him with his speed. Plus, if they end up using the same skating coach they used for Boyle, it should work wonders.

Never thought I'd see the day where I'd look at one of the Rangers' top forward prospects and say, "Gee, I sure wish he skated more like Brian Boyle."

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