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09-30-2012, 10:52 PM
Smith - Alfie
Join Date: Jul 2009
I don't think Wikstrand's size is his issue. It's more his consistency, especially in his own end. He's made a couple glaring defensive errors.
Worst one that comes to mind this season was on a 5 on 4 PK (he was LD). Puck cycles behind the net to the right side of the ice. Wikstrand skates from the left boards to the slot, where a forward was covering for him. Forward takes off to get to his position at the top of the circles, leaving Wikstrand to assume his coverage of the crease/low slot. Instead, he goes to the right side of the net, where the RD already is, leaving the entire slot and left side open. Obviously led to a great passing lane and a nice one-time goal against.
He's young though, so you'd figure those kinds of mistakes can be weeded out through experience.
I've also noticed he's pretty bad at squaring up to shooters properly when he's blocking shots. Often results in him being a screen, rather than a wall.
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