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11-22-2011, 12:56 PM
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Holdurbreathe
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Originally Posted by Billy Madison View Post
Why does he need to state it? It's pretty obvious what his job is out there and that's to play a very defensive/physical role.

Rundblad, not unlike a lot of other players such as Filatov, needs to figure out the NHL/NA game. Rundblad has shown though that his game does translate well to the NHL as opposed to Filatov who has not shown that as of it. Rundblad needs to earn his ice though, no doubt. Right now, Lee is outplaying him and it will be a good thing down the line when Rundblad realizes how hard he needs to work to be an everyday player.
Actually Lee's job is to play like an NHL defenceman and do so while playing with a rookie named Cowen. He is doing that job very well, a job Rundblad isn't close to being able to perform, yet.

Everything you say about Rundblad applies to Filatov, no exceptions. Filatov and Rundblad have a load of skill, but neither have shown they are well enough rounded to be successful in the NHL, yet.

I hope both get more opportunity at the NHL level in the near term, but whether that be Filatov or Rundblad, they both have to earn their minutes with their play on the ice.

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