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01-24-2012, 06:53 PM
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I think the fact that the defense reclamation projects have worked out better is due to system. Woywitka spoke about when he first joined, about how he needs to learn to adjust to Torts' system, and Stralman was held out of a bunch of a games when he first signed in order to learn the system. Bickel was able to step in because the Whale plays the same system as the parent club.

A lot of the reclamation project forwards that Sather targeted were one dimensional. If they aren't scoring, they aren't of much use to the team. Wolski, Christensen, Lisin, Kotalik, etc., all fall under that category. Boyle was a reclamation project as well but he has been able to stick around because he can play well defensively, win faceoffs, and brings a bit of "jam" even when he's not scoring.

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