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01-08-2014, 02:25 PM
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Brady Skjei (NYR) — As Team USA’s primary shutdown defenseman, Skjei did not disappoint. He played big minutes and made a good duo with Carrick against opponent’s top lines. There were a few miscues here and there, but those are to be expected when a player is used the way Skjei was. The majority of his tournament was very good as he did a nice job sealing off the net front, being physical deep in the zone and using his high end skating to his advantage. Skjei made a few plays in the tournament that really impressed me in USA’s transition game. He relies on his feet to get him out of trouble in the D zone and does it so well that he gives himself the time to make the right play with a pass up ice after clearing the way. Skjei was also physical and was able to be physical without taking a single penalty in the tournament. That’s pretty impressive for the competition he was taking on. I think Skjei still has some development ahead, but he played the way you’d expect a top-pairing guy to play. He didn’t really hurt Team USA and he made things tougher on the opposing forwards. 5 GP, 0-1–1, 4 PIM, +5

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