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03-01-2012, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by NickyFotiu View Post
Anytime you have a guy coming back and hounding the puck carrier its better than guys staying up ice in my opinion. I think he was the most frequent back checker I saw on the team last season. I do think he is weak on the defensive sideboards but since he is rarely on the ice for a goal against I think that can be improved and overcome.
I agree that him backchecking is better than him floating, but that isn't the point. He isn't fast enough to be the first or second guy back after forechecking, making him less effective at positional backchecking, and he isn't big enough to be to often separate players from the puck, making him less effective at creating turnovers. This is in the NHL, by the way. He's fine for the AHL.

No one is saying that Zuccarello plays the game wrong. He doesn't. His physical attributes are what hold him back and nothing else.

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