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02-20-2013, 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by NYR Boyler87 View Post
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.
My concern centers around puck retrieval, when I've watched MDZ there was too many times where he stayed around the net instead of racing into the corner to steal the puck before the opposition forwards could get to it. Which I get, you don't wanna get caught out off position, but a smoother skater wouldn't have to worry about that and that's what I want from an EJ partner. I'm actually fine with him not being a puck rusher, EJ's great at that when he's free to do so, but getting to the puck and getting it out of the zone is something very important in an EJ partner, and is an area I'm not sold on MDZ with, which is why I prefer a deal around Kulikov.

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