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11-13-2012, 08:48 PM
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Yashintangibles
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Originally Posted by Puckgenius View Post
Whats your thoughts on him? I find him very overrated. He has a good skillset (just a step down from Semin) but that all goes to waste if he can't commit to a team or fully buy into their system. He's lousy defensively, doesnt back check, and takes shifts off. Hes still a top liner but if hes your top forward, your team is in trouble. On a contender hes best suited as a 3rd or 4th best forward and no way should he be part of any teams core.
You're confusing being overrated and being a waste of talent. This guy was able to bring something special in terms of puck handling, skating, ice-vision, plays without the puck, deflections and perimeter plays, especially when he was prowling behind the net: Deadly set-ups. He was maybe the Russian player with the most balanced skill-set out there.

But his behavior has been an issue, very disappointing.

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