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01-21-2013, 11:04 AM
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KIRK
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Originally Posted by Tender Rip View Post
Malkin went above 50% on draws last season, improved on that again in the KHL and started out well against Philly. Not to say that he is at Crosby's level in that regard, but it clearly isn't a weak point anymore.

As for defense.... lets get pre-concussion Sid back before we say this.
Actually, lets get pre-concussion Sid back before this is a discussion. That guy was clearly the best player in hockey. Last season it was clearly Geno, and with the latter having fully recovered from his injuries, it would be great if we could get back to discussing who is truly better like after we won the cup.
I'd also like to see whether the Paul Maurice effect sticks with Geno's defensive game.

This weekend, it was back to the future, because he was a takeaway machine who forechecked and backchecked like someone stole his hockey puck, clogged passing lanes in the neutral zone, backtracked on his man perfectly, and was better than I've seen him in front of his net and defensive zone positioning.

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