Thread: Value of: Hjalmarsson to PIT
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01-16-2013, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by 99 steps View Post
Here is the average game for Hjalms: ring puck blindly around the boards / block slap shot from 10 feet away fired by the guy you just gave the puck to / limp back to the bench / grimace on bench for 75 seconds / do it again 15-18 times
I laughed. He does need to work on his first pass out of the zone. I still can't figure out if he just can't do it, or he has it drilled into his head by the coaching staff not to take any chances and just get the puck out of the zone. I lean towards the latter since he has shown glimpses of actually being a pretty good passer (both as a Hawk and on team Sweden). Aside from his first pass (or lack thereof) he is an excellent defensive defenceman, and would be even better if he learned to use his physicality consistently.

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