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08-11-2012, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Marky9er View Post
I've seen him play some excellent hockey, just not very often and definitely not when it really matters. Should be a 2 year deal on the cheap to give him a chance to show some consistency and hopefully he matures into a smarter/more disciplined player.
Fans took notice of him in the '10 and '11 playoff for good reason (not just taking stupid penalties in the offensive zone with minutes left to play).

Although I hear the argument a 4th line center shouldn't stand out, it doesn't apply to Abbie. Am I just a homer for believing Abdelkader has become a household name among NHL fans? The guy was chosen for the US team this spring because of more than his hitting. Tries to fight? I disagree. He's a descent fighter and stands up for his teammates every time, one of the only players we've got that will. I could easily see him in a bigger role than Cleary soon.

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