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02-10-2013, 05:04 PM
Vinegar Strokes
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Originally Posted by Sojourn View Post
I doubt that very much, at this point. He had nothing to gain by staying in Europe.
Yeah, I don't understand that line of thought. He was clearly the best defenseman in the Sm-liga. What he needs is to adjust to the NA playing style, he needs to understand that while he's more than game to play physical and lay a few checks, he's not going to succeed defensively with that style. He needs to adapt his game by being smart and quicker than the opposing forwards.

Lidstrom was never physical, he didn't need to be, he learned to play world class defense by being smarter than the opposing forwards, Vatanen needs to do the same thing, not try and prove he can play physical despite his size.

In other words, play to your strengths, don't try and prove you're willing to get beat with your weaknesses.

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