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12-30-2012, 07:52 PM
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nhljohnson
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Originally Posted by Vasilevski View Post
Kucherov biggest problem for me is physical play, he really shies away from plays, if he can improve this, he has everything to be an all-star someday.
Throwing and absorbing hits doesn't make you an all-star. Ask Brad Richards, because their approach to physical contact are close approximations as far as I can tell. Also worth remembering that Kucherov has already had shoulder troubles this season.

What's more important to note at this juncture is that Kucherov and Grigorenko have skated, created and produced most consistently for the Russians up to this point in the tournament, moreso even than the much-heralded Yakupov.

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