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04-09-2013, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Bluenote13 View Post
Step has been our best Center.

You say in the first part of your post that Del Z has earned TBOTD. What about Step? Yeah I totally agree with you that his FO's have been a weaker part of his game, but gaining the faceoff experience now is whats gonna help our best Center and our best forward after Nash get better in the dot, and hopefully in time for the playoffs, when all of this will be forgotten and it becomes a whole new puckgame
There is no doubt he has been our best center. He has also not been our best faceoff man. Being the best center on this team has nothing to do with how he's been in the dot. The last minute of an important game is not the time to learn. Especially when he lost 2 clear as day. He was getting owned on those faceoffs and what happens on the third, literally the same move as the first two. stick picked up and puck is kicked back to toronto d-man.

Happens once, fine, happens twice, meh, happens three times, unacceptable.

I love Stepan and he's been a godsend with the atrocious play of Richards this year, but it's not ok to keep throwing him out there for important faceoffs when he just can't win them.

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