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02-15-2013, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by PricePkPatch View Post
Not necessarily. I seriously believe DD can still improve and compete strongly against the toughest matchup. The kid hasn't reached his ceiling by any mean; that is his 3rd NHL season only, he only had 1 full NHL season (and that was an exceptional one!).

He is already showing strong signs of resurgence already in the last matches. If there is one thing DD proved over the years, is that he doesn't give up in the face of adversity.
He's too small and too slow. His game revolves around his hockey sense and being smarter than the opposition. Against tougher matchups, his advantage becomes less effective because he's playing against smart players. He's at his best on the PP and vs weaker opposition. I'm not bashing him, he just excels in certain situations vs others. It comes down to whether you feel the trade off is worth it. Someone will have to eat the tougher matcups. So far DD has struggled in that role.

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