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12-05-2011, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by dats81 View Post
I did not follow him closely since he left for Buffalo but it's quite obvious that he struggles to find chemistry with his linemates and still does not feel comfotable playing center.

He has shown some improvement with 4 points in 4 games lately...
Leino's actually been pretty good since the calendar flipped to November. Leino-Roy-Stafford was our best line for a couple weeks, though it didn't translate to the scoresheet for Ville. Then Leino-Boyes-Stafford was a strong line, but they were pretty snakebitten as a group (posts, great saves, etc.). Ruff recently put Leino with Adam and Kassian, and Leino's strong offensive zone play is finally hitting the scoresheet.

To sum it up, he was awful in October, pretty good but snakebitten for most of November, and has been really good over the last week or so. Also, it should be noted that he's received minimal PP time, so that's keeping his scoring down, as well. Do I love the signing? No, not really. But if he keeps up his current play and plays well in the playoffs, I'll be fine with it.

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