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07-10-2012, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by sm0ka47 View Post
Meh. Rinaldo isn't bad defensively and neither was Shelley most of his career. Shelley's age now caught up with him were he cannot skate and keep up with players but he was never bad defensively. Both are average. Rinaldo has more upside because they obviously want to turn him into a career checking forward.

It remains to be seen if he grows into that role because honestly he needs to focus more on playing the game then just trying to agitate and fight. He looked better this year by not running around just trying to hit but he needs to scale back on the fighting and after the whistle crap. He should just let the big hits do the agitating.
Shelley knows where he needs to be defensively, but he is too ******(too slow especially) of a hockey player to get it done.

Rinaldo seems to be learning how to play defensively a bit (though playing a lot with Couturier probably sheltered him), but like you said he needs to really focus on if he wants to establish himself a niche besides agitator.

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