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02-27-2013, 02:57 PM
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So you're saying Torts should still be hands off?
At what point are the subjects of defense and transition broached?
Who the **** said that?
He's learning the systems. He's adjusting to the speed of the game. He's learning what it means to be an NHL player. He's playing more games per week then he's ever played.
There comes a point when the player has absorbed enough at a certain point, let him go out and play. When he's getting better, add more. Get better, add more.
He has NOT been a liability defensively. He's been OK. He's been able to read plays, cover for pinching defensemen, makes plays in the neutral zone.
He fumbled an awful pass from Bickel in the neutral zone that lead to a goal against. And he took a penalty. OK. Play and learn. Problem? He didn't get to play after that. No chance to correct the mistake.
And where was Gaborik and Richards when the team needed a goal late in the third?
He also needs to learn to use the skills that he was drafted for. And he hasn't gotten that opportunity yet, this season.
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