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3 Stars & GBR: Game 26 @ Buffalo Sabres
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12-10-2011, 09:26 PM
Join Date: Jul 2006
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I love the kid. he wasn't even
bad last year. Was he good? No, but his defensive game had improved from the prior season. Problem is, his defense still wasn't good enough for the NHL, and with his non-productive offensive game, he was sent back down. Which I disagreed with, because he was still better than Gilroy in nearly every facet of the game.
He's been a revelation this year. Become a true top-4 puck mover. He has his moments
(mainly due to his sub-par skating)
, but the positives greatly outweigh the negatives. He has been a HUGE part of this team's success, stepping up in the absence of Staal/Sauer.
If he can somehow really work on his skating and his shot he's going to be an elite player in this league. He's got the vision and the passing, and now he's figured out how to play some above-average defense.
Team leading +11. He's even killing penalties well at this point.
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