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11-02-2003, 10:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Tom Liodice
He's been out this season because he's recovering from ankle surgery. Right now he's been rehabbing in the Isles AHL-affiliate, Bridgeport and his status for the Islanders is a little unknown. He's only got 20% vision in one of his eyes...left one I believe. He's got some great stick-handling and is a great passer. He had 6 G, 17A, and 23 PTS in 47 games. That's almost a half a point a game for his first year. He played on a line with Yashin on and off and saw his most success with him. So being paier with a skilled player is what would help him the most
Kind of ironicallly, vision is his best asset. He's great at reading the play and seems always know where the puck is going. this gives him a surprising defensive element in addition to his passing and stickhandling.

biggest knocks on him are he's not the strongest physically and although he doesn't shy from contact or the corners, he can get pushed off the puck a little too easily. most likely, this wasn't helped at all by his ankle injury. for a projected sniper, he has yet to show enough ability to finish. he also seems rather injury prone. but he's still young and has shown more offensive talent at the NHL level than any other Isles prospect so far. however, with the first line playing like it is, it's going to be difficult to find a spot for him on the roster, especially with papineau and hunter unlikely to clear waivers. but when the first line slows down, i see him getting another shot next to Yashin to see if he can again find the chemistry they briefly shared last year.

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