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Matt Duchene's lockout adventure in Europe
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01-01-2013, 06:16 PM
Join Date: Nov 2006
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He's using his linemates and actually making them better, he's using his 'spins' only when needed to get away from opponents or creating chances for himself or teammates but not overusing them and constantly turning the puck over like last season,
he's putting forth a very noticeable 2nd effort when digging for loose pucks
and putting a more consistent effort defensively which is something that was lacking at times last season.
Oh...almost forgot...FACEOFFS!!! He was EXCELLENT on faceoffs throughout that tournament.
All of this is good news. Maybe it's incidental to the lockout or the international exposure has expanded his game, but if he's playing a more decisive (and smart) game while showing the defensive pressure of his rookie season then I'm looking forward to hockey returning eventually. The faceoffs shouldn't be a surprise though, that's one element of his game that he has consistently improved upon in his pro-hockey career.
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