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05-11-2012, 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Janerixon View Post
Playoff experience means so much these days... In this series alone see:
Hagelin
Kreider
and lets not forget Holtby

Stop with the playoff experience excuse, its an excuse and nothing more
That's all fine but Hagelin played with the team all year--Torts has more reason to trust him because he knows him better and the team exploits his speed against other teams. Kreider arguably only got to play because of lack of forward depth after Hags got suspended and it became a choice between him and John Scott--and Holtby's opportunity came because of late season injuries to Vokoun and Neuvirth. Kreider was really a backup plan and Holtby was a lucky accident and to be honest Holtby's had a couple cracks already--has played great for a while and then lost it. This is his most sustained period of success and it doesn't hurt that his defense has circled the wagons around him.

As for MZA--no way I'm putting him in a Game 7--if you're talking Game 2 or 3 in the next round (if we make it) then maybe--depending but I think some people need to keep in mind there's a good reason why he's had such a hard time making the NHL--he's a creative player but his size and defensive awareness can be exploited by the opposition. And the fact is that creative as he is--he's not going to necessarily make the pwp that much better. He had 3 points in 10 games with us this year.

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