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2012-2013 Prospect Talk PART IV
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11-13-2012, 12:30 PM
Join Date: Jul 2002
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We've been following him here. I have the opportunity to watch Kazan just about every time they play and I feel he has looked AWESOME!
He is playing the RW side and getting regular ice time. His line (which indeed is the 3rd line) has often been on the ice in critical moments. This has impressed me very much.
What I like is that he is very mobile and constantly wishes to create. He makes smart plays and can seriously rag the puck. He's pretty strong in the corners and along the boards. Coming in from the wing, he does tend to seek the option of deking out the onrushing Dman, maybe too much.
All in all, I feel he is a player. He has NHL size and speed. Based on his slick moves and how much he excels in body positioning along the boards, I think his game is very well-suited for the NHL.
What kind of impact he'll make from a statistical standpoint is an entirely different matter. He could be a 10-15-25 guy or a 25-35-60 guy. The transatlantic transition and linemates will play a key role.
If he ever comes over...
Good to hear, stats can be so deceiving. No question his combination of size and skill will be his biggest asset if he comes over. Hopefully it translates even better in the NHL game than the KHL, it might.
If he ever comes.
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