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07-26-2012, 11:22 PM
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Originally Posted by tfong View Post
Thanks for the info, I have only seen him a few times (u guys lucky to have him) and just wondering if he plays physically much? Also hy did he play 20+ mins in the regular season if the intention for this season is to give him less? It just seems like an odd development path(baptism by fire?).
A lack of physicality is part of the reason he was being benched.
With Stevens taking on a full time role with the club, and specifically the defense, I think his physical game will be upgraded.
That probably won't be the part of his game that we value most, though.

There was never the intention to give him less.
It was clear in camp that he was ready to play at the NHL level.
And in the beginning of the season, the defense was still having troubles adjusting to the new coaching system and the team was lacking in solid puck movers.
Larsson filled that role nicely and was given major minutes.

Then he got injured, and the duration and harshness of a long NHL season began to catch up with him as well and he hit his rookie wall. He lost steam towards the end of the season and inevitably became a healthy scratch.

He'll be better prepared for it this season, but with all the veteran defensemen on the roster.. he'll have to work for his minutes.

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