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10-30-2013, 10:27 PM
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Isaak16
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Originally Posted by missinthejets View Post
Work smarter not harder. I don't buy that it's a lack of effort, I mean look at the leafs first goal as an example, Yakupov realized where he was supposed to be covering late and it was a 2 on 1 as a result. He is quicker to identfy his responsibility then it's not a 2 on 1. The whole team seems to get caught in situations like that where someone realizes too late where they should be and by that time it's too late. Trying hard doesn't help if you're not going to the right spots at the right time.
Was just about to post the same thing. This is why some strength and size up front is going to be important to a turn around. Bigger players get more time on the ice for many reasons (strength, reach, better visual look at ice, etc...) We have two players up front who can slow down the play, Perron and RNH. Unfortunately due to his lack of strength Hopkins is not yet able to be consistent in this aspect of his game which really hurts us against bigger teams. Perron being the only player who can do this consistently basically renders him as valuable as any forward we have right now IMO.

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