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11-02-2012, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by 416Leafer View Post
I'm not personally advocating for keeping them together or splitting them up.

Just advocating that I think both of them should put more effort in on the defensive side of the puck.

Watch Kessel when our team has the puck. He is leaning forward skating as hard as possible.

Backchecking? Half the time he is literally standing more or less erect just gliding back towards our zone. With his speed and ability to read plays, he could be a pretty solid defensive player if he wanted to be. Datsyuk is arguably the best two-way player in the world, and he's under 6 feet tall, so it's not Kessel's lack of physical abilities holding him back defensively.
There is no reason Kessel cannot become a better defensive player.

Really is up to the player. Maybe they should see if they could convince Keon to talk to Kessel. Small guy big heart good defender who could score, won Conn Smythe as an all around player.

It is obvious any competent coach will try and make the team better and if splitting up Lupul and Kessel would do that all the whinging and crying by fans wouldn't even register.

Too bad Kessel isn't a center, he wouldn't have been given a pass on the defensive side of the puck because he's a good sniper.

Would you split up Lupul and Kessel, probably not. Team doesn't have the depth to mess with the little that is working.


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