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10-18-2011, 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Zenith View Post
I disagree very much so in regards to MDZ. I was very hard on him last year, but he has been an absolute revelation for the team thus far. Take away the preconceived notions of his "bad" defensive game, and no one is even contemplating the idea of MDZ being a healthy scratch, IMO. He's been the team's 3rd best defenseman, after Ryan and Dan.
Absolutely spot-on with this post.

MDZ made one atrocious mistake in Stockholm, carrying the puck back into the defensive zone and getting overwhelmed by the forecheck. This is what people remember about him, and it colors their view on everything he does. Aside from that one mistake (which was not even totally his fault, as the entire forward corps was changing at once, leaving him with no support, and he would have had to ice the puck), he has been stellar. He's been making good decisions and creating offense without making himself a liability. I was a proponent of letting him work on his game in the AHL, but he has really stepped up in a big way thus far.

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