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01-24-2013, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Levitate View Post
Not sure if it was the whole game but they did play together a lot. Looked good for the most part, though Staal's slashing penalty that led to a goal was a result of Del Zotto getting burned to the outside, but to be fair, he was put in a bad situation and turning to keep up with a forward that's already flying down the wing is probably his biggest weakness. That said, Del Zotto looked better on the right side than he did last year.

He's having a good year so far...not perfect, but so far it looks like he's taking another step forward in his development

edit: I still feel like a lot of players are feeling their way out so far...guys like Hagelin especially. Pyatt has jumped in and looked good but a lot of other guys seem to be searching for a comfort level with their linemates. Disappointed they're not using Halpern more but he seems to be another guy that's needing to earn the coaches trust before he gets more icetime
Thanks for the write up. MDZ definitely needs a defensive stalwart to cover for him (or should I say, Staal-wart? Har!) Hopefully DZ can adapt to that side and we'll have a consistent top-4.

I agree with you about players looking a bit uncomfortable, but that's too be expected with some of them. Hagelin is still only a 2nd year player, and we know plenty of those guys go through slumps. I think he'll come around though.

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