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02-16-2013, 10:25 PM
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Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Prucha's first season was a lot like Brian Boyle's season a couple of years ago in the sense that no one knew he had a good shot.
2 years ago, Boyle and Prust were able to keep the puck in the other team's zone, Boyle would shuffle himself in front of the net, and get some quick shots off because opposing defenders weren't paying him much heed.
Prucha was able to get to the slot a lot, too, especially on the PP, and at first, garnered no significant defensive attention. Jagr and company would feed him, and he got off shots.
The problem for both was that soon, teams caught on. Adjustments were made, and pretty soon, there were far fewer wide open opportunities from key scoring areas on the ice.
Prucha, of course, was also diminutive and not physically ideal for handling the rigors of the NHL game. He was a fun player to watch, and an easy player to root for. Worked hard, brought a lot of energy, and played the game with exuberance. Sad to see him cast off, but the reality was he simply wasn't a particularly effective NHL player. Can he play in the league? Probably, but he's able to earn more and feature more in the KHL.
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