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2012-2013 Prospect Talk PART IV
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11-02-2012, 12:07 PM
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At the end of his current contract and the big if-he come here, just a personal opinion
his game may be better suited to North America and the smaller ice surface.
I am one who thinks his game is WELL-suited for North America.
Considering he loves to carry the puck, make moves drag it around in tight corners and play a bullish game on the boards and in tight spaces, I believe he could come out real big here.
Just watching today, I've been delighted by his skating, backchecking, all-round awareness and ability to give opponents fits when he's puckhandling. He also has made a few astute plays today to open up things and turn possible pressure points in his own zone into solid breakouts in the other direction.
Oh, and I keep thinking he's got better hands than I always expected.
This all said, as long as his mother is ill, the chances of him leaving Russia are next to nill. Also, as good as he's looked, I don't get the feeling that he's gonna come to the NHL and be putting up 60 points per.
The announcers are pronouncing his name 'Pay-trove'.
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