The Official 2013 WJC Thread
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12-27-2012, 06:34 PM
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DEVILS ALL THE WAY
I know I'm late but Matteau getting cut is no surprise to me. He's just wayyyyy too physical for a tournament that's refed under IIHF rules.
He needs to tone it down a little, even in NA, cause he looks "out of control" more often then not. I don't know if that's his true playing style or he just wants to "impress" by throwing his weight around.
Anyways, I'd like for him to improve his hockey skills (mostly his skating) and not try to destroy everyone in his path like it's his only objective, when on the ice.
1. He's physical, sometimes crossing the line, which will happen a lot more in stricter IIHF (see his penalty minutes in Finland-USA game).
2. His skating is not good enough for Olympic sized ice.
3. At this stage in his development, he's too raw.
4. He wasn't going to get PP or PK time.
Add those all up and he's useless in a tournament like this. If he proves to be an effective PKer next year and his offensive game improves, he'll be a very valuable player. If he's not playing the PK, he's not of use to the USA team right.
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