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01-22-2013, 04:21 PM
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Nothing about what we're seeing from Grigorenko points to any negative stereotyping, be it age or nationality. He works hard in practice, his teammates appreciate him, and he comes across as being very committed to being the best player he can be (see his time here over the summer working out).
I continue to think he's working hard at the aspect of his game that needs the work -- defense at an NHL level -- and as he continues to acclimitize to the pace and size of the NHL game, he will start to generate offense. It may take games, weeks, months even -- he's not going to lose his God-given hockey abilities like how he leads a man to open space with his passing, how he handles the puck in traffic, or that whip-crack fast shot release. But for right now, he's keeping up defensively and that's likely enough to let them continue easing him into the league.

It seems some people are expecting instant domination. As was pointed out above, some damn fine hockey players put up relatively paltry first season point totals. The learned how to be good pros, since the game at this level is about more than just scoring.

Patience.

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