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05-17-2007, 08:50 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Miami, FL
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Great passer, good shot, decent skater. Good hockey sense in both ends of the ice. Makes up for his lack of strength and size by knowing where to be. Good at seeing a play before it happens in order to break it up and turn it back up ice.
His primary weakness is that while he's a good defensive d-man, his lack of size and strength get exploited against bigger\stronger teams(like the Sharks) and if it comes down to board-meetings, he's not going to come out on top all that often.
He'd be best used, at this point, as a 1st PP unit, 2nd ES unit guy...maybe some PK time if needed. He's been misused a little in Nashville the past couple of seasons, and it was starting to become apparent.
Don't forget that while he's still got good feet as a skater, he's straight line speed was dreadfully slow at times last year. He doesn't have to have Kevin Klein wheels, but at his size, he has to be faster than he is in this new NHL. There aren't too many quality forwards in the NHL that can't outskate him at this point. Hopefully that was due to injuries, but I noticed it last year and this one.
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