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02-13-2013, 09:20 AM
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Grand Forks, ND
He had surgery or time to rehabilitate this off-season and heal up his knee(s?) as well as he could, and for the first few games, he looked great. Moved his feet, was decent on the forecheck, was able to skate around guys while trying to deke them, but then 5-6 games into the season it just stopped.
He stopped moving his feet as much, he got much slower, he still tries to deke around defenders, but when you don't move your feet there is only so much you can do. A game or two later he was removed from the first line in favor of Charlie Coyle.
Last night during the 3rd period he was put on the top line with Koivu and Parise again, and they had quite a bit of sustained pressure. Heater looked better in the 3rd, but so did the entire team. It's possible he stays up with them again and his numbers could go up, but I'm not sure.
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