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03-19-2013, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by GFORCE View Post
It's not necessarily a question of expecting him to have a pure playmaker mindset. It's just that once he wins the offensive zone (which he does pretty damn often), he'll very often just hang on to the puck in the high slot instead of feeding one of his linemates who is skating towards the net. He would make his life that much simpler if he could use his teammates more. And his linemates are still NHL calibre players.
He's always been more of a playmaker than a scorer up until last year. In his rookie year with us he was always making nice passes but because he was playing mostly with 4th liners it rarely produced result. People even complained that he needed to shoot more. But he adapted to his linemates and started to holding onto the puck more and shooting more. I have no doubt that the more he plays with skilled players the more his playmaking will return.

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