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09-22-2012, 02:31 PM
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Hopefully he grows out of that "young, dumb, and full of..." stage of his career, and he realizes that he needs to preserve himself a little more. People will disagree, but I honestly think James Neal brings the perfect blend of physicality. He will not be pushed around, he can completely level anyone in the league, but he doesn't feel the need to run around crashing and banging, where he's banged up all the time.
Marcantuoni sounds like he plays a lot like Chris Kunitz. While that's certainly not a bad thing, I think we have seen over the years the toll that kind of game takes on a guy like Kunitz.
I'm real hopeful for the kid. Gotta love someone with those kind of wheels, especially with the speed we already have up front. Those wheels are no good if he's constantly nicked up though.
We both played, so you know that being first on the puck isn't always best, unless there is enough of a gap to skate the puck out.... You are just taking needless hits... Which Marcantuoni was doing last night.
He's so fast that he won most of the puck races last night, but a Steelhead was taking him into the boards each time. A couple of times I thought he should of pulled up and rode his man to the puck... He definitely didn't show any fear, but I'm not sure if it is a good thing.
I don't want to breakdown his game until I see a lot more of him, so most of what I'm saying may not be a big deal. We'll see.
The Rags have a lot of talent upfront, so if Marcantuoni can play up to his potential, he will have the talent around him to help max out his abilities.
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