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12-02-2012, 12:36 PM
Hale The Villain
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Originally Posted by ricky0034 View Post
he'll be good

but he was ridiculously overrated when he was an Ottawa prospect
This is true. Rundblad is the perfect example for why you shouldn't judge a prospect by highlight reels and statistics. From his highlight reels he looked like a fast skating offensive defensemen with elite hands and dangling skills with a big slapper and strong wrist shot.

In reality he is a mediocre skater with an average slapshot, weak for a supposed potential top offensive blueliner. Although his wrist shot is quite good though. He still does have elite hands and dangling skills, but that doesn't translate well to the NHL level. He was a liability defensively in his time in Ottawa, but was physical. If he learns to play defense and improves his skating he can still be a good top 4 offensive defenseman. His hands are ridiculous and he moves the puck very well.

I don't think he'll ever be the elite offensive defenseman, Mike Green-type we thought he would be. He may be the type that just needs a little more time to adjust to the N.A game though. He showed flashes of brilliance in his time in a Sens jersey, if he can learn when to rush the puck and when to take risks on the blueline, he could be great.

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