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09-24-2012, 05:19 PM
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Schroeder said he was going to work a lot on his shot this off-season, and talked about his accuracy problem as well as his pass-first mindset. He's quite aware that he needs to put points on the board while also playing at both ends of the rink. He mentioned missing a number of easier goals by hitting posts or missing the net. I forget the source, but others here likely saw the same interview.

Schroeder was really good at the bench press during his pre-draft combine, so he's no wispy small guy. With his quickness, speed, and recent willingness to play defensively, he stands apart from Hodgson in those respects, which, along with attitude, were the reasons Cody was traded. Those also are key attributes of a third-line centre. The question will be if JS can create goals and assists at the NHL level. Assists are his forte . . . and we'll see how the summer of shot practice works out, goal-wise. If he can be quicker and more responsible than Hodgson--which seems almost certain--AV will give him his chance at 3C. Scoring could be his issue, even more than his size. But if he can score, the organization has a strong interest in capitalizing on the draft pick investment he represents.

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