: Helene St. James
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03-19-2013, 12:55 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Ann Arbor
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On the one hand, I agree with you. And our smaller guys have typically been very good at those things. At the same time, if you ask Tatar to go in hard on every forecheck, initiate contact and scrum behind the net and then go stand in front of the goalie, he's going to get mauled. You want guys with bigger frames to do that sort of grunt work.
No you don't.
Who was the grunt on the Yzerman, Fedorov Shanahan line?
Who was the grunt on the Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Hull line.
One... if you're playing hockey the way you should, you shouldn't be dumping and chasing with Datsyuk or Zetterberg's line.
Two, you've got Franzen on Datsyuk's other wing. Franzen is better along the boards than Abdelkader.
Tatar isn't going to get mauled. He's a smart player.
We saw Tatar go in behind the net, hit a defenseman, steal the puck, pass it to the defense, who passed to Kronwall, who then shot the puck off Eaves' skate for a goal.
We see Datsyuk go behind the net, steal the puck, dish it to Cleary for a shorty.
What do we see Abdelkader do behind the net?
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