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08-27-2012, 02:35 AM
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It's nothing unusual for a young defensemen relatively Erixon's age--not to be strong enough. I expect that will come with time. MDZ still has a big struggle with that but MDZ is a lot more aggressive on the puck than Erixon is. MDZ is bumping and banging guys all the time. Erixon was laying off. And it must be remembered that being on the bottom pairing means facing the grinders more who tend to be bigger and more physical than the scorers. Bickel worked out a lot better in that regard.

I wasn't super impressed with Erixon honestly last year.

Kershaw's memory in some things is a little bit shaky. Woywitka for instance hardly saw the ice the second half of the season. Avery went to the AHL even before MZA did and only got called up because of injuries. His spot on the team never was more than tentative and Sean is a better skater than Zucc and much more physical--a better fit on a bottom line. MZA also fought through a few injuries and was not always available--not sure if he was available when Avery was called up or not.

In any case--Zucc didn't get a fair shot and it's because he's European--blah, blah, blah. If someone came on here to say Eminger, Woywitka, Avery, Wolski, EC didn't get a fair shot because they were North Americans he'd get laughed off the page. All these guys did more sitting than they did playing. The end result is what matters in any case--1st in the East not how much ice time or points that MZA got.

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