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03-20-2013, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Wolfhard View Post
Has his skating improved much? When I last saw him, he had a horrible first step. Really slow to change directions, and starting and stopping was a struggle. Good once he got going though, and definitely plays with intensity. I loved his play other than the skating issues. The flaws stood out so much against other prospects that I'd be terrified to see how it would have looked against NHLers
It has improved, but more important is that he just uses his size better and doesn't stop moving his feet. Something has clicked for him over the last little while. You won't know how he looks in the NHL until he gets a try. Worst-case scenario he goes down after one game and you call somebody else back up. I doubt that he makes much of a difference either way in a 4th line role but it could be good for his development to get an idea of where he needs to get.

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