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03-23-2012, 12:58 PM
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I still have concerns about him, but he's been solid.

A few things:

He brings an element of skill to the team that can not be denied. His passing is so slick that his teammates are surprised. Not his fault that they have trouble finishing some of the dishes he's served up.

He's gotten better at 1 on 1 battles, but it clearly is not a strength. That said, in tandem battles around the boards he's much better.

I LOVE the way he goes to the net, but he's had some chances he should have finished. He needs to shoot more, be more selfish, but I say that about most players. Since his size will always be an issue, Zuccarello has to be a player that can put the puck on and in the net. On a team where that is clearly an issue, he would help his own cause, while putting more pressure on others to up their game. Which is what this whole thing is about anyway.

He's a very talented player. The Rangers did a great job getting him here. I hope he merits a new contract at years end.

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