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12-13-2012, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by hbk View Post
He's never going to be confused for Lidstrom in his own zone but he's much more effective defensively in his own zone this year compared to what we saw last year when he didn't have the puck. Rub outs along the boards and last game he had a tremendous shot block that may have been the only reason the game went to OT. He's been good. He has a higher level yet but he's taken a large step forward. I'd rank him behind OEL and probably Stone (who's ready for prime time).
Has he still consistently been paired with Summers? Has that maybe contributed to his improvement as well? Having a solid stay-at-home lefty to pair him with like Summers or Klesla while he gets comfortable on NA ice seems like the best bet.

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