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09-19-2013, 10:50 PM
Join Date: Mar 2003
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When he came in the NHL, he wasn't viewed as someone who would run a PP.
He absolutely was but like most young offensive dmen he had to earn the opportunity. He wasn't brought in to immediatelyt run the power play but he was certainly expected to develop into a first unit PP option. With players such as Keith, Seabrook, Aucoin, Spacek and Babchuk who all had pp abilities there certainly wasn't any rush to force him into anything even though he scored at almost as good a rate as any of them as a rookie.
His biggest obstacle was his skating which wasn't terrible but needed to improve to offset his lack of size.
Much as skilled players like Beaulieu and Galchenyuk are expected to become stalwarts on the PP, they were used sparingly in this capacity last season. This certainly doesn't reflect a lack of confidence from the organization in their respective offensive abilities.
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