Thread: Recalled/Assigned: 10/25 - Bell returned to Whale
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10-25-2011, 12:02 PM
with the 10th pick..
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Originally Posted by Bleed Ranger Blue View Post
I havent seen this on any regular basis whatsoever.

Not to mention, hes not a good skater by NHL standards, which is something thats usually helped with a smaller stature.

Its getting to the time to be prepared for Ranger fans to move on without Zuccarello being a significant part of future plans....and no, its not because he was handled poorly.
correct. his skating was always going to be his main issue.

on the larger surfaces in europe, where they play a more passive style, he can glide and stick handle more with room and that time allows him to get to full speed where he has time and space to stick handle and make nifty little passes. but here, his stop and start, first few step quickness is lacking causing an inabilty to get separation with the puck.

hes one of those guys that slows down with the puck. thats not good when you are small. in fact, hes very good at passing from behind the net where hes not even moving his feet. classic slow guy effectiveness i always say- guys who dont skate that well love to set up behind the net and dictate play from there.

hes fairly shifty to a degree because he has good hands but he's still too slow to be effective in the nhl against bigger, faster guys on smaller rinks.

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