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07-14-2013, 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by syz View Post
How's Paajarvi going to get breakaway passes when he's too scared to cheat offensively? We're talking about a player who regularly flies the offensive zone. He's the reverse Ryan Jones.
The bookend of this is he's not comfortable being outlet player and going after the puck if it requires him being hit. This is a big concern for a player who's main attribute is break speed. He really compromises one of the few offensive gifts he brings.

Its funny that theres one play people can think of where Gagner backed off a play because of an impending Steve Ott hit which I'll take with the grain of salt of trying to stay in one piece.

In 11-12, and at other times Paajarvi made a habit of making it look like pucks were out of reach, couldn't get to it, or would bobble it etc. At times he looked like a football receiver not willing to make a catch because he didn't want to take the hit. He would try to disguise that but when 80% of pucks headed your way in 50/50 situations end up on an opposition stick something is wrong with battle. Something is wrong with your commitment when you're one of the speediest players around losing races to pucks so readily. This kid plays scared a lot of the time.

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