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02-20-2013, 08:39 AM
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Originally Posted by cgf View Post
My biggest issue with MDZ is he's not a great skater, that's why he plays so conservatively on D and doesn't rush the puck, his skating makes him be more careful lest it be exposed. He's got good puck skills, a nice outlet pass, good shot and isn't afraid to throw his body around, but that skating makes me worry that EJ would still end up being the cleaner-upper of that pairing, and I want an EJ partner who'll free EJ, someone like Kulikov coming from Colorado-East.
MDZ is definitely not fleet of foot but he isn't slow. He has gotten better with his footspeed since he got into the NHL. I can't really remember the last time he got "burned" and he is rather aggressive due to the Rangers style of play.

He will not be a puck-rusher, more of a distributor of the puck.

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