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10-16-2011, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by GoHoundsGo View Post
Saw him tonight for the first time.

His offense was impressive, game reminds me a lot of Pietrangelo. His slapper is a real asset - I'm thinking it will be a serious asset in the future. Wrister was nothing impressive tonight.

His defensive game was just okay. He took up a lot of ice, ala Tyler Myers, but he also made a few bad reads.

Considering his age, I would say his potential is extremely high. Beastly size. I don't see the Pronger comparison yet, I guess we will see. He didn't have any nastiness and he didn't throw his weight around tonight.
I had a write up where I also stated he's got a similar style to Pietrangelo so I definitely agree that some parallels can be drawn between their games.

Ekblad can log 20 minutes a game right now and not hurt the team, but he's not an impact player yet. The biggest area of improvement for him right now is his footwork. If he can improve his lateral ability and transitional skating, that will help him immensely in solidifying his defensive game.

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