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03-01-2012, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Tawnos View Post
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.

His isnt slow. He just doesnt have game breaking speed. He was almost always the first guy on his line back checking last season so somehow his so called lack of speed didnt stop him from doing so. I think his lack of speed and weakness on defense are both way over blown on this board. My guess is he is middle of the pack in regards to speed and he has never been a minus player as far as his hockey db stats go back.

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