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02-25-2014, 09:39 PM
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Originally Posted by dnicks17 View Post
A team with Michal Handzus as their #2C seems like a weird team to be crushing on for centers.
They seem to know what they are doing, my guess is that having Handzus there is a big part of getting the younger players some sheltered minutes and setting a good example for them.

I always get flamed when I mention this but Hemsky got a 10 year pass on playing in his own zone and I think the Oilers are paying for that right now with their younger players. When offensive stars come out of junior their first priority isn't playing tough in their own end, it's scoring points just like they did at every other level and Hemsky was the epitome of that at the nhl level.

In Chi if they are giving Handzus a big role out of respect for his defensive efforts that's the exact opposite of what was rewarded in Edm.

Whatever they are doing it is working.

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