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02-02-2013, 07:11 AM
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Originally Posted by QnebO View Post
Yeah, but at the first power play for example we saw how good he can be - guess he can do even better. But I agree that harder test's are needed, but you cannot blaim him, he did he's own part almost perfectly, and that is what you can wait from anyone on the team. Let's hope he can play on that level night after night, also on the tough games.

I rather give any rookie a start in a game where team plays good, than otherwise.. That's good for ones confidence. Wild's havent been playing very well and its sad for MG. Their first line has been some kind of exception to it, but they havent been that dominant 5 on 5.
The PP is a bit of a different animal. That is when he'll have the most time and space, and will be in the best position to use his talents. I'm talking more about even strength play. Ultimately, that will probably be the deciding factor in whether he can stick full-time this season, or whether he is used in more of a specialist role.

I absolutely don't blame Vatanen. It was Minnesota who blew it tonight, not Vatanen. I just want to be honest in pointing out that this game was a bit of an anomaly. In my opinion this was the perfect first game for him to play in. It settled any nervousness he might have, and he has reason to come into the next game confident.

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