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01-09-2013, 11:16 AM
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Lewiston, Maine
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For all the haters: Rundblad is tied for 2nd on the Pirates in +/- among D, +7 on Gormley. Over roughly the same period of games, he has 7 more points, +20 (granted the team is much better) and less than half as many penalty minutes compared to last year. Progress.
Anyone know if Rundblad played with OEL at all?
Rundblad certainly impresses with his skill, but he frightens me out there sometimes because he can make poor decisions with the puck. When carrying the puck up ice he has a tendency to make an "extra-fancy" move such as dropping a pass between his legs to his defense partner when a standard pass would suffice. Or when holding the puck at the blue line and faced with some pressure, he is prone to trying something like kicking the puck back to his stick to deke the defender. In many cases, these moves lead to a 2-on-1 the other way, with his partner left back there alone.
When Rundblad gets fancy in the offensive zone, he can create some great scoring chances and it certainly helps the team. But in my opinion, he needs to pick his spots better because too often during the odd man rushes against us you'll see his #2 jersey trailing the play.
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