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12-03-2012, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Minnesota View Post
For the record, I liked Maxim Noreau.
He was good in the AHL but was manhandled in every NHL appearance. Usually I would not use 6 games to make that statement but he was literally manhandled. Don't know if he was scared but he performed as bad as some of the early AHLers called up during the first few years of the Wild.

Some may think I am overrating Spurgeon but unless a small defenseman has the anticipation or hockey awareness of a Spurgeon or better, I don't think he will make it. In this case, I don't see Connelly's anticipation or hockey awareness to be that high in the defensive zone. He and Genoway have to work so hard along the boards and it doesn't get any easier at the next level.

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