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12-07-2003, 03:33 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Miami, FL
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Sorry if there's a thread going on this already, but here goes.
I've heard that Hamhuis has played prettymuch upto his potential so far this season. Can anyone offer me any insight to how the kid has played, and where you'd rank him currently on your defense?
Well, it is fluctuating. Hamhuis hasn't established himself in the NHL yet but he is playing well above expectations. His offensive game is still maturing and his defensive game shows signs of positional brillaince. He is still too weak right now to be what he needs to be but time will tell. He's still a little green out there and rushes passes sometimes. He is usually in the right position but will get muscled out of the way often. When not rushing himself (oddly, other players are not what rushes Hammy, just himself), he makes great passes from any spot on the ice. He has a blast of a shot but rarely ever uses it.
Right now, it goes something like...
York (played a lot better recently)
Zidlicky/Hamhuis - Hammy is better defensively/Zids better offensively. The slight nod goes to Zids
Allison - a pylon.
When Schnabel comes back, Zids and Hammy will drop. York will likely drop as well.
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