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01-31-2013, 10:55 AM
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It's not just the goals though of course they are nice. It's that he is playing a responsible positional game and being responsible with the puck. Some growing pains in that area can be seen but he is very much concentrating on those aspects of his game. Why? because it is those two things that keep him in the lineup and in the NHL at his age. You can score all the goals you want but if defensively you are hurting your team, and you are on a good team, you won't play. It's AV's philosophy and I think it is shared by a good number of coaches.

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