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10-14-2013, 09:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Replacement View Post
I'm not even an Eakins fan and I'd say its way too early to comment. The stubborn stars on this club predictably aren't even playing the system.

Not too surprisingly newcomers like Gordon, Perron, Joensuu, even Arco, are game in, game out being the best forwards on the club.

The kidstars still have a whole lot of crap to get out of their game.
The kids constantly try to dangle like they're Datsyuk. Taylor Hall does it 2-3 times a game and it either ends in A) A crushing hit, or B) Loss of possession.

Eberle plays a perimeter game and cannot work the board without folding like a chair.

Yakupov cheats like he's in high school and is a 6th man for the other team without the puck.

And on top of it, they can't work the slot even a tiny bit. They constantly get squashed to the boards when they have possession, and while their cycle is getting better (Probably best improvement so far, sans Eberle), they have zero instinct for the net and all the shots are in the worst possible spot.

I have no clue if this is a system/coaching issue or if the kids are just that weak.

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