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05-04-2012, 04:43 PM
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About the big ice, a lot of people may disagree with me, but I think it actually hurts Karlsson more than it helps him.

Defensively, the guy angles people towards the boards, cuts them off and then steals the puck. With the big ice, the guys have more room to move before they are cut off into the boards. Not only that, Karlsson tends to chase people in the defensive zone, so when he's engaged with a player up against the boards, he's now further away from his own net, and thus takes longer to get back there if the other player manages to get away or pass it off to a teammate.

Offensively on the other hand, Karlsson doesn't really need the extra room because he's quick enough that he can create open space even on small ice, so it's not as big an advantage to him to make up for the troubles it gives him defensively.

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