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05-29-2012, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Bleed Ranger Blue View Post
Hes got a lot to learn on the defensive side of the puck. A lot. Tortorella isnt going to let him play 18-20 minutes a night until hes learned how to play on both sides at the NHL level.

Some nights he'll be a top 6 guy - some nights he wont in the nearterm.
The coaching staff hasn't had a real opportunity to work with him the way they want.

He will have a full training camp and enough games early in the season to build on that.

He's no where near as bad as you're making it sound. He's not much of a shot blocker. Again, things the staff hasn't had a chance to work on. He backchecks, covers for pinching defensemen, creates turnovers in the neutral zone. There's a foundation there.

He will learn.

In the meantime, the things he can do offensively, are very valuable to this club moving forward.

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