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02-07-2013, 12:53 PM
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Flair Hay
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Yeah his shot is below average, as is his offensive vision ATM. His puck skills, elusiveness and penalty killing are already well above your average 3rd liner and bordering on great. He is also by far the best takeaway thief on the team but he's also up there in giveaways.

I think playing him on the 4th line at 18 stymied his offensive game. since he's been a fixture on the third line. Occasionally he flashes deking ability that only a dozen or so guys in the league can manage. Strong as hell for a 21 year old Russian though.

Recently earning the 2nd line Center role should bode well for him as positionally he is so sound for a player his age.

In summary, he's a Datsyuk-lite that struggled after being rushed to the NHL at 18 and the last 2/3 of last season. It looks like he is slowly gaining confidence however and it shows in his play. If he can work on his shot in the off-season, he would have literally everything you could want in a 2nd line C at 21-22 years old.

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