Thread: Rumor: Pesonen to the NHL
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08-03-2011, 04:49 PM
Zen Arcade
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Originally Posted by Roland Gilead View Post
Nope, he ainīt ridiculously soft and he skates just fine. Leino falls down much easier.

He could do much better if he get even little bit better chance than you gave him at Pens. You gave no chance at all, 3 mins at 4th line
I watched him play about 30 games in the regular season and some in the playoffs for Wilkes-Barre, he's got pretty good vision and he thinks the game pretty well, but he doesn't stand out from a ton of other guys who put up big numbers in the AHL and couldn't make the next step. Jeff Taffe scored 75 points that year and played a much better all around game, you don't see anyone pencilling him into their top six. Chris Minard scored 57 in 54 games and he was lighting it up before he got called to Pittsburgh.

In the playoffs versus Hersey he got ragdolled every time he went after a loose puck. Eventually he just stopped trying and let the defensemen get to the puck and clear it. Hershey players were laughing at him and chirping him the whole time.

He's not physical, he doesn't have a great shot and he's an average skater a best. That's next exactly the recipe for success. Bigger defensemen gave him fits, and that was in the AHL, where things are a step slower.

He didn't get a ton of ice time here in the NHL, but he struggled with what time he did get. He didn't give the coaches any reason to play him more. He looked completely lost and he was a liability even in limited minutes.

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