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01-12-2013, 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by MS View Post
The bolded has been pretty much my exact take on Rodin - not a great thing to say, but my feeling is unfortunately that he's a pretty gutless player.

His speed can be dazzling if he has an open stretch of ice in front of him and no opposing players around him. But if he has to carry the puck into a group of players, or has an opportunity to blow through a narrow hole between an opposing defender and the boards ... he bails. Throws the brakes on and gives up on the play. Will not take a hit to make a play.

If he had the heart to use his skating ability to attack the opposition and take the puck into high-traffic areas, he could be a player. But he doesn't, and that's why he only has 1 goal this year and is turning into a write-off.

This issue has come up after his shoulder injury a few years back. When he played great at the WJC a few years ago the big thing that came from that tourney was he was fearless/hard working/tireless worker. He's not playing against men but kids these days are giant at these events. Hopefully he can gain some confidence again because if he doesn't fix his current problems he'll be a write off very soon.

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