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02-01-2013, 06:02 PM
Jake the Snake Man
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Originally Posted by stlweir View Post
Mike Liut,

Nicely stated. Stewartbwill never have top end hockey instincts and his play along the boards is below expectations but the guy offers toughness and can score goals. He also offers good speed. I kept waiting all last year for him to come around and he never did. I will add that Hitchcocks system is a defensive system that can suppress players stats. This team has a lot of fire power and is still scoring goals in this system. This is an excellent organization top to bottom.
You didn't think his effort and defensive play improved significantly as the season went along? He didn't score more, but he played well towards the end of the year and was one of the most consistently good forwards against LA in the playoffs.

Even without his famous fitness improvements, better overall performance this year doesn't surprise me at all because of how he looked later in the season.

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