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05-16-2013, 04:38 AM
The Perfect Human*
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Originally Posted by Bryanbryoil View Post
You really should say "some" Oilers fans. I saw what he was capable of in the AHL and early in the year, I still find it rather ridiculous that you don't pin any of his shortcomings this season on being flat out burned out.
He has major positional shortcomings - it's been persistent since he began playing in the NHL.

What really did "burn out" were the plays he was making with the puck. Whereas early on in the season every time he had the puck he was making what seemed to be the "right" play - later on in the season he was prone to mental lapses with the puck, wrong decisions, etc.

I was never impressed with his defensive zone work though...

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