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10-25-2011, 05:25 PM
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Sauer is an EXCELLENT defensive player, but that isn't even what they miss most about him. It's his deceptively simple but nearly always well-executed first pass. IMO, he makes more successful rushes up the ice happen than any other defenseman on the team, relative to icetime.
I think both he and Staal and underrated in how they move the puck up the ice. Sauer's first pass may be a bit better, but Staal is a bit better at carrying it. Getting these two back is absolutely critical on so many levels (not the least of which being that the offense/puck control should see a dramatic improvement).

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Del Zotto, as impressive as he has been defensively, hasn't done much offensively at even strength. I do like the way he has handled his time on the PP, which is a big deal for this talent-lacking club.
Agreed on all counts. My hope is that once he feels comfortable in his own zone (and is getting more sheltered minutes in a reduced role) we'll see him start being more creative at ES.

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