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11-28-2011, 09:27 AM
Minister of Offence
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It's not even like I'm saying that Karlsson wasn't great last night. It's just a matter of not gushing over every little thing that he does. 'He moves the puck so well!' It's kind of his job and it's not like he was doing anything exceptional last night. There was no 'wow' moments from him (though that pass to Michalek was nice.) He played solid in his own end -- and I guess if him being responsible defensively is worthy of calling him the best player on the ice and putting down players like Spezza and Gonchar (both of which made some really nice passes, and plays themselves...) I guess you're entitled to that feeling.
People just love watching him play. Media and other fans always comment on it, he's one of the funnest players in the league to watch. So yes, people comment on it when he's doing nothing.
The play where he ran Ruutu off the puck easily and grabbed the puck and circled around the net was probably the most impressive thing he did last tonight....it said to me "too small, my ass". Many many many people out there said no matter how good he gets he will always be too small, he won't be able to compete physically, he'll never be great defensively, just adequate.....well at age 21 he's not finished growing, still very young in terms of developing as a defensemen, and he's showing there's no reason to doubt what he can do. This is why you hear Gord Wilson interrupt Murray in an interview just to ask "Is the sky
the limit for him?". Or MacLean repeating twice that he can be "as good as he wants to be".
He's proving even the optimists wrong to a certain degree already. The way he's played lately, I would say he really has played like one of the games top 10 Dmen. He's a playmaker at both ends and the mistakes are disappearing. I've always said wait til he's 23-24 to see what we have....at this rate he'll be one of the games top 5 most coveted Dmen.
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