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10-14-2012, 06:34 PM
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Originally Posted by TheJuxtaposer View Post
Yeah, I must say Etem didn't impress me much in the first two games. Surely it's because he's adjusting to a higher level of hockey, but he was for the most part invisible. He had a couple moments where he looked elite, but only a couple, and he got absolutely rocked by Pelech. He's gotta learn to keep his head up.
It's the thing that was bothering me most when people were expecting him to jump straight to dominating the NHL - particularly when the occasional Duck fan would suggest that it made guys like Ryan expendable, or putting him way ahead of Palmieri. His performance in the W inspired confidence, but sometimes you have to look beyond the numbers and see how those numbers got there, and how easily those skills will transition to the next level. I think he'll get there, but the expectation of instant gratification was ridiculous.

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