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06-02-2011, 10:55 AM
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I think they are too solid positionally to have sophomore slumps. Nobody is expecting them to put up a ton of points or lead a PP like MDZ, just play their game. It is so simple and ingrained for them, they will be fine.
But you are correct, Sauer is basically almost a vet. Plenty of time in the AHL. McD might have a few growing pains, but he plays such a solid game I can't see him "slumping."
my worry with MCD, and i've seen this happen a bunch of times in a player's sophomore season, is that the close plays that bounced our way last season bounce the other way next year
a tight pass is picked off instead of barely completed, a quick move is stuffed instead of squeezing by, a dangerous pinch becomes an odd man rush instead of a great keep in, a blocked shot flies just over him instad of barely grazing his shin pad....it goes on and on, some is bad luck, some is mental, and some is opponents being more aware of his playing style
I can remember McD having a few of those nice but danergous plays. sauer, on the other hand, not so much
not saying its gaurenteed....im just saying that its possible everything might not be peas and carrots next season
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