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11-17-2012, 07:14 AM
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In the series' final two games, I noticed Nail carry the puck end-to-end a few more times than usual. When he did carry the puck, he looked very good. It's exciting to see players build up speed and try to maneuver around the opponent.

Hopefully he can work on that a little bit more. We saw how skilled he was, but he didn't do enough individually to garner praise. He needs to do more on his own if the players around him aren't effective. Often, he would enter the zone and make a bad pass for the sake of distributing the puck. He needs to learn to hold on to the puck more often.

I would not suggest holding on to the puck as much as Alex Ovechkin does, but when he has no other options, he should feel comfortable showing off his creativity and flair to enter the offensive zone and create scoring chances. When the breakout was not working, he carried the puck up on his own and frequently succeeded. Hopefully he realizes he should not force passes if the intended recipient is cut off.


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