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01-09-2014, 02:19 PM
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Originally Posted by kovazub94 View Post
Why is that? He made a couple of good defensive plays in Sweden, his defensive positioning was sound and I haven't seen or read about his deficiencies on a defensive side or being a floater. It looked like he can well read a play and position himself accordingly. He doesn't shy away from physical play, pretty good on boards and goes into dirty areas around the net. What I'm saying is that he could turn out to be a top 9 forward (like Kulemin or Ponikarovsky if we are talking Russian wings).
Well, on the one hand it speaks volumes that the Russian coach had him out there on two of the last three shifts while protecting a one-goal lead in the bronze medal game.

On the other hand (and I think that this is what most people are hanging their hat on), he lost his man on the one goal that Canada did score.

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