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Oliver Lauridsen (The Great Dane)
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03-29-2013, 10:15 AM
Join Date: Jun 2007
Oliver Lauridsen, D, 23
The gigantic defensive force Oliver Lauridsen was always a physical guy who could use his wingspan to position himself well in the defensive zone. There was never a question that he would excel at these finer details of the defensive game, but there were always questions concerning his footspeed. In the NHL, it is not enough to be able to stick check opponents from far away. At the highest level of hockey competition, skating needs to be added to size on the blue line in order to keep up with every type of dynamic forward opposing teams can throw on the ice. Lauridsen has still not developed up to the speed of the game, though there were signs of progression in his first full season with the Phantoms. Now in his second year, he has yet to take another leap, and though the team's struggles are certainly not falling solely upon him, he is no exception.
Though a number of defensemen in front of him on the depth chart are struggling in their own ways, Lauridsen is the only one of the more highly anticipated defensive prospect that has yet to get a shot at NHL action. He has a long road ahead of him, but he was always a long-term project. Any slight sign of progression is promising.
No idea what he looks like on the ice but perhaps this will be a good eye opener and great motivator for him to work on his footspeed.
Excited to see what he brings
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