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03-27-2013, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by BadgersandBlues View Post
I disagree with that analysis. He has become more cognizant of the D-zone with players like Redden and Cole, and it has affected his offensive in a detrimental fashion. Unlike AP, he does what is necessary to play good D first, and doesn't leave his partner out to dry by making stupid, poorly-timed step ups in the neutral zone.

If you put Jacks back with Shattenkirk, I think you would see the same quality of D we've seen from Shatty all year, but you would also see a much higher quality of offense from him as well.
He has improved markedly, of that I think anyone watching him will agree. Indeed, as you note playing with Cole and Redden has undoubtedly made him more aware of what an ill-timed jump in to the play can do.
But there is more there and it is up to Shattenkirk to get it, the kid has a lot of talent...possibly more than he realizes.

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