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04-26-2012, 08:43 PM
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Uncle Jorgi
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Originally Posted by eXile59 View Post
Because the Yotes run a great zone D. Bylsma's system makes a guy like Niskanen look great but it hurts guys like Michalek. The problem is less personal related them people make it out to be.
Too simplistic to look at it that way. Yes, any player that makes his living blocking shots is more insulated in a system like the Coyotes or the Rangers, but when the Penguins are playing well as a team, and Michalek is reading and anticipating the way he can when he's playing well, he looks great in our system. He'll be reading the play and picking the appropriate time to try for a block, instead of just flopping on the ice every time a player gets near him. The big problem at the end of this year is he would be on the ice on every occasion, which let the player he was guarding either fake and move right around him, or pass it off to a teammate who was open because the other 4 Penguins on the ice were playing lax with their defensive assignments.

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