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02-04-2004, 10:54 PM
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Originally Posted by PredsMan
Arkhipov was originally drafted as a wing. When he came over to N.A., they moved him to center...mostly because of his size ans skillset.

I've long been of the idea that he needs to move back to the wing, so he doesn't have to be as mindful defensively. Maybe that would allow him to be more creative.

Something else I noticed...last year he was a -18 on the season...this season he's a +2. Maybe he's working too hard on his defensive game, and hasn't figured out how to be a 2-way guy yet...
I think Legwand's offense suffered so that Trotz could teach him defense. He took a different approach with Arkhipov and let him learn his defense slightly later. He is very defensively responsible and is often the first of the vowel line back. If any Dman pinches, Arkhi takes his place and does an admirable job. He's solid defensively, unfortunately, his offensive creativity is almost non-existant. Along with his confidence and his shot.

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