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05-06-2013, 11:36 AM
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He did, but his defensive work needs a lot of improvement. Tournaments are not always kind to all players. Lots of players who are used to larger roles on their club teams have been in the same position as Hall. I am sure Ruff knows how prolific Hall was this year. Obviously, he sat him because he felt he had better options.
Hall is tremendous, but even he admitted his defensive game needs work. He produces a lot of turn overs. On a team deep in talent, he may find he is not the big gun most nights. To me I look at it as a learning experience for Hall. Team Canada as a junior is one thing and completely another at the pro level. This is him being taught what that difference is. Heck, for all we know he gets a lot more ice time next game.
If Hall turns over the puck the tendency is for him to do it in the offensive zone. 150 feet from his own net. Its part of the risk/reward in a player like him that can single handedly rush the puck and create a scoring chance out of nothing that results in hits and misses. By the nature of the attacking game he plays theres going to be some turnovers. Theres going to be some goals scored by him as well. But not from sitting on the bench.
Looks like this Team Canada could use some goals.
As far as your comment on Eberle being sounder defensively I can't agree. Eberle is one of the more suspect defensive players on the Oilers.
The preference isn't about defensive acumen. Its that Ruff wants more shots. Something Eberle is more prone to do.
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