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02-22-2012, 09:40 PM
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Originally Posted by we want cup View Post
I'd say average to slightly above average. His speed allows him to make quick plays where he's on the attacking player faster than they anticipate.
His defensive play is okay. I just wish there was another dimension or facet to his game that would have more of an impact out on the ice. He doesn't transport the puck well through the neutral zone and is prone to turnovers on one on one situations. You watch the way Giroux and Kovalchuk transport the puck and create offense coming over the blueline with the puck and it definitely highlights Gaborik's shortcomings in that aspect of his game. If he was stronger defensively it might mitigate those circumstances in my opinion. If Gaborik's not finding openings in a game (and hitting the net) or his linemates aren't getting him the puck when he is open, it can significantly nullify his impact in a game.

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