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03-30-2012, 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by mnwildgophers View Post
Hey guys, just popping in to see how Schultz has been playing for you guys and what you think of him. I wasn't a huge fan of his when he played here with the Wild, but he was with the team for a long time and I thought he always played for the most part a solid defensive game.

Gilbert has looked equal if not better than Schultz did when he was here. I think the trade made sense for us because we needed a guy that would jump into the rush every now and then and maybe move the puck a little better than Schultz. Gilbert was the direct result of our game tying goal last night and sprung Koivu on a breakaway with a nice pass in OT. I've thought he hasn't looked out of place at all and he's not one to blame as far as our losing woes go. That's a whole other can of worms. One thing I really liked about Gilbert's game so far is that we could never keep the puck in at the points, he seems very good at that aspect and when to pinch, when to not pinch, etc. He's been one of our better defenseman (not that it's saying much with our blueline) since the trade.
Gilbert doesn't get nearly enough credit here for the bolded. On a team struggling with production(and we've had several versions of that in Gilberts time here) its a huge benefit to have a D that knows when to pinch, pressure the puck, carry the puck in etc, and its like having an extra forward to have that guy contributing to the cycle and puck possession. We've of course had some really bad teams here and people discount how much contribution Gilbert made with puck support. Doesn't always show up on the scoreboard but its always taking place in the games.

If you appreciate the bolded part then Gilbert will quietly give you a lot of that. Schultz has been doing that very welll here too so he's fitting into our D pinching game.

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