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01-31-2013, 05:36 PM
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Originally Posted by BigG44 View Post
I don't want to harp on it too much since we had this discussion previously when he was first called up, but he's taken fewer and fewer penalties this season as his responsibility and production has gone up. From watching the games, his physicality hasn't changed at all, but the ridiculous Steve Ott-like antics and trash talk has really tailed off.

He's taken 1 minor in 5 games since going back to Texas, and he has 3 minors in the entire month of January.
That's a good sign, but I worry that his desire to impress and limited ice time may cause him to be overly aggressive. He won't be getting first line minutes like he was in Austin. He might get 8 minutes a game in which to make an impression. Plus the way we've seen NHL referees make calls this season against Dallas doesn't seem benefit his style of play. I hope he does well, but it seems like Dallas needs someone who can add scoring and puck possession to the line up not grit. Anyway, I hope I'm wrong.

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