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07-22-2012, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Stealth JD View Post
And if the other team has the puck, he's virtually useless. He can't clear the crease, he can't take the body and he's essentially relegated to using his (small) frame and stick. I'd take Nikitin back any day, even with his propensity to score into his own net.
You really cannot clear the crease anymore, lest you feel like giving the other team a man advantage for 2 minutes. Due to so many referees being incapable of understanding nuance, they blow the whistle on "obvious" interference penalties.
Thinking fondly of Nikitin means forgetting the very serious communication barrier that was present when he played with any partner. Nikitin was fine when all he needed to do was read and react to a play...it was whenever there was communication required (in particular if the communication was of an advanced nature or if it was rushed) things went south quickly.
Playing with Tyutin is the best thing that could have happened to Nikitin, he allowed the coaching staff to have an on-ice translator at all times during the game and Nikitin obviously blossomed when that happened. But that would not have occurred on the Blues this season, and thinking it would have is an awful large amount of starry-eyed optimism.

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