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04-02-2013, 07:12 PM
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Senorchris
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Jees, pretty clear that a pretty large chunk of this board have never seen the guy play. Being a displaced Rangers fan over here in the bay area, I watch probably ~50% of Sharks games, and have watched Clowe a ton over the years. He's definitely having a down year (hence the low-ish price we got him for) due to injuries and luck, but he's (potentially, if he rounds back into form) exactly what the Rangers are missing (and what they traded/let leave in FA last summer) - a Dubinsky/Prust hybrid. He plays with heart comparable to Prust, hits to hurt (with the hockey sense to be actually be able to intercept players), and has Dubinsky-comparable offensive instincts (better passer, doesn't quite have the shot). He's probably not as defensively aware as either.

The potential downsides is that he's currently pretty snakebitten (still trying, just nothing is going in for the chap), and seems to have lost a step or two (most people think due to playing with minor injuries). The upside is that this potentially fills a hole - he's a natural LW, and will do a lot of the dirty work for our very not dirty top-6 (Callahan excluded).

I can't wait to see a line of him, Nash, and Stepan - or be the potential foil to Richards and Gaborik.

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