Caps sign, recall D Steven Oleksy
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03-08-2013, 03:47 PM
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Berzerkeley, CA
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OMG, hits and assists! He's +4!! Oleksy for Norris!!!!!!
He played much better against Florida than he did against Boston, but Florida also played like hot garbage and half of their roster is AHL players. I don't think anyone had a bad game for the Caps last night.
Oleksy still has plenty of very significant holes in his game, holes that will get exposed as time progresses. He's tentative to carry the puck, preferring to quickly dump it off to his teammates (often to the detriment of the breakout). He's willing to mix it up in front of the net, but he hasn't been particularly effective at actually clearing the crease. Despite the hits, he's not all that physically imposing and other teams aren't having that much trouble establishing position against him.
This isn't some crusade against toughness. NBTW and I didn't complain about the player McPhee signed, so much as the strange contract he gave him. There wasn't, and still isn't, any reason to give him three years.
That being said, he hasn't committed a delay of game penalty yet.
He got undressed by Santorelli last night. Either way, tho, he's played better than 55 and 3, given the small sample size. Let's see how he holds up over the next few games.
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