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01-22-2013, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by heartsabres View Post
I think he will get sent down. The problem is he has zero offensive upside right now as he sacrifices that to play sound defensive hockey. He is playing sound defense because he doesn´t go into the offensive zone. He has to play all three areas of the game and create chances. If that doesn´t change in the next three games he will go down.
Actually, he has tons of offensive upside. The biggest things holding him back are:

1. the lack of a full pre-season to get comfortable.
2. being cautious, which is expected out of a rookie, whether 18 or 21. I am sure his is being told to be defensively responsible.
3. The lack of a puck possession guy like Leino to help keep the op[position hemmed in the offensive zone, create mismatches and allow him to use his vision more.

I think he is playing soundly, but not spectacularly, makes one or two nice reads offiensively each game and defensively is just fine.

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