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12-22-2013, 12:27 PM
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Just finished watching the pre-tourney match, Canada lost 3-0 to the host Swedes. Ekblad looked alright, though it appeared Sutter shortened his bench quite a bit and Ekblad sat for a good chunk of the third as they tried to catch up. Mobility is ok, he's not going to set the world on fire with his speed but it's alright. He's also not as physical as I was expecting, for a kid that size. Nurse has real bite to his game -- Ekblad, not so much. Pinched a few times and was caught out on it, but probably just an experience thing. Overall, looked alright -- but he is not going to be a saviour on the backend, I'm sorry.

On a side note, but possibly tangentially related given how ****** our team is -- I was more than a little underwhelmed by McDavid, considering the hype. Pretty invisible for a kid hailed as some sort of wunderkind. The cavalry is not coming via the draft, fellas, sorry to state the obvious.

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