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02-04-2013, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by NYR Boyler87 View Post
He looked good (2) nights ago in TB. He gets in on the forecheck, cycles the puck and goes hard to the net. He has a cannon of a slapshot too when he has the time to get it off. He is more than just a tough-guy. The ore I see him, the more I like him on the 4th line.

Halpern has really been a HUGE surprise for me. I knew he was good on face-offs and a decent defensive center but the guy has very quick feet and is a very good skater. On top of that he is physical when he needs to be and fits in perfectly on the PK.

I know Mitchell is off to a hot start in Colorado but I would take Halpern over Mitchell from what I have seen so far.
I said this in the offseason and it really doesn't matter much at this point, but people focus too much on position and not enough on role. Mitchell's role was to provide some puck skills to the bottom 6. Fedotenko's role was to provide defensive responsibility and veteran savvy. So, in that sense, Pyatt was intended to be Mitchell's "replacement" while Halpern was intended to be Fedotenko's.

It really is a moot point and there wasn't much use in me posting this. I just felt like reminding myself of what our offseason was like.

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