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02-05-2013, 08:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Eskimo44 View Post
His defense has been good but his offensive game is certainly not as good as it was last season, he hasn't created as much as he did last year by my eye. In saying that he's even better defensively and in board battles. The Nuge hasn't been awful by any means but not so good he can't reasonably play a few games with a guy like Ryan Smyth. It's really not the slight you make it out to be. Balancing the roster out after two critical injuries isn't so unreasonable.

Tighter checking and better competition this year. Last year, the Nuge got sheltered a fair bit by Renney. Played 2nd fiddle on the road and didn't do much. Got the favourable matchups at home and took advantage of them. This year, Krueger has made him the man. 1st line minutes, run the PP on the first unit. Of course, this means a steady diet now of the Joe Thorton's and Sedins of the world along with the best checkers. This is just an adjustment period to the next level in his playing career. He'll be fine. Everyone just needs to be patient.

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