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12-05-2012, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by v-man View Post
That's not at all what I saw when I saw him earlier this season. He stood out by leaps and bounds among his 3rd line team mates, and it was them that couldn't finish anything Zemgus set-up. He was getting plenty of scoring chances too, just couldn't finish (which it looks like is still an issue). Either way, I'm surprised they won't be releasing him for the Worlds with guys like RNH getting the go ahead. Then again, maybe he wants to stay to keep his spot on the roster and show a commitment to growing his pro game, although if he isn't losing it during this little injury bout, he likely won't lose it for the WJrs either.
You have to understand that some Sabres fans took a very strong position over the summer about wanting Girgensons to avoid turning pro. And nothing short of a 30 goal season is going to change their position.

Ask anyone on the Sabres board, I'm about as critical as it gets on players. And I've liked Girgensons this year. You have to have realistic expectations. He's going to be a 3rd liner playing mostly a defensive game. And that's what he's done, and done well. Blocking shots, tough along the wall and playing physical. He's shown some offensive flashes, but it's definitely a work in progress. I think fans should be encouraged.

As for the WJC, I don't think he should go. He turned pro and his team is struggling and needs the bodies. They're playing an ECHL defenseman, who they loaned away last year, at forward. Depth is an issue on the Amerks.

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