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09-08-2012, 05:27 AM
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Originally Posted by David Thicke View Post
I agree with you about Hertl and his skating can improve on the big European ice surface. His skating isn't that bad on the smaller ice in N.A which you could see at the WJC this past January.

Abeltshauser is already at the Mooseheads QJMHL training camp and played one pre-season game. He was a plus one with four shot but no points. The big defenseman already played close to 30 minutes per game last season so I agree it might have been better to send in over to Europe to play against men. I believe he still has a chance to make the AHL Worcester Sharks out of the NHL training camp if he outperforms some of the other defensemen for a spot in the AHL line-up. The Sharks just want to be sure he continues to get a lot of ice time and it is unlikely they will want him sitting as the 7th or 8th d-man instead of the number one in Halifax at the junior level. If he stays in the Q then he will be expected to dominate and be one of the offensive leaders for defenseman in the league again this year.
Last I heard they are not planning for him in seems it's either the NHL or an over-ager year with the Mooseheads for him.

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