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01-30-2013, 01:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Hakan2Holland View Post
He is playing on our 1a or 1b line, depending on your opinion. That is right around where his minutes should be, especially considering how dangerous Brunner has been. In the NHL you are not going to count on one or two guys for all the offensive production (unless you want to be extremely one dimensional and probably not very good). So it is not unusual, or bad, for a top six forward to play a lot of minutes and only contribute with a point or two. If your team has good depth the scoring will be spread out.

As for Brunner, I'm very happy with the progress I see him making. He was always talented, but you can now see him making adjustments to the speed and physicality of the NHL. That was the question, could he translate his skill to the NHL style? It is looking like the answer to that question is yes.

I was also impressed with the increased intensity on the forecheck from him. He looked like he was just waiting for the puck the first few games. But last night he was helping dig it out and cycle it with Mule and Z. It was also nice to see him score the way he did, by deflecting the puck, since that too hints at his skill level and ability to score in a number of ways.

Now he just needs to get stronger and work on his defensive game (he definitely has a few good mentors to learn from on the wings in that capacity).
If you watch some of his highlight videos from the NLA, his ability and hand/eye coordination knocking/deflecting some of those pucks into the net is extremely sharp, as it was displayed last night. Unfortunately, he is too skilled to park in front of the net on the power play...

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