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01-19-2013, 03:43 AM
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Watched LaBate on the replay of the game and have to say he is not as raw as he was last year. Still some hitches in his skating but when he gets room to wind up he is showing real good top end speed. Big wing span allows him to take the puck from one side to another to beat his check.

Thought he made a number of very good passes showing he has some vision. Still a little awkward in tight quarters and needs to be better at making the quick pivot.

Last year I thought he was playing a little out of control by having to try to stay up with the speed of the game. If he can take the next step a develop greater smoothness in his skating and puck control he becomes a good prospect. However, it is somewhat disturbing he hasn't produced more points this year but whole team has been challenged in that area.

Found it surprising after his real good WJC play that McCabe looked so ordinary in this game. When you recognize that LaBate probably out-played fellow sophomore McCabe gives you some perspective that LaBate is doing fairly well.

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