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11-15-2010, 08:11 AM
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Very talented guy but I consider AA a "floater". He reminds me of some other Russians who don't play that hard for large chunks of the game but get by on their talent. It amazes me how he can vanish for periods on end while playing with 2 such hard working wings like Callahan and Dubi. Unquestionably headed towards success as a scorer in the NHL but he would be far better if he had an engine like his linemates. I'd like to see him score against the tough grinding teams such as the Flyers. I'm not sure he has that kind of heart.
all russians are floaters and bad for the NHL....

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I personally think Anisimov is the exact opposite of a floater...

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11-15-2010, 08:55 AM
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Kovalchuk's a good example of a floater. Anisimov is not..

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11-15-2010, 09:03 AM
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Floater Russians dont toil on the 4th line like Anisimov did last season.

He has the right attitude, and playing with guys like Callahan is only going to help that.

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Very talented guy but I consider AA a "floater". He reminds me of some other Russians who don't play that hard for large chunks of the game but get by on their talent. It amazes me how he can vanish for periods on end while playing with 2 such hard working wings like Callahan and Dubi. Unquestionably headed towards success as a scorer in the NHL but he would be far better if he had an engine like his linemates. I'd like to see him score against the tough grinding teams such as the Flyers. I'm not sure he has that kind of heart.
Not a floater at all...works the boards and plays D so well that he was on the PK in his rookie season. Getting dirty to score goals in close as well.

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11-15-2010, 09:13 AM
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Very talented guy but I consider AA a "floater". He reminds me of some other Russians who don't play that hard for large chunks of the game but get by on their talent. It amazes me how he can vanish for periods on end while playing with 2 such hard working wings like Callahan and Dubi. Unquestionably headed towards success as a scorer in the NHL but he would be far better if he had an engine like his linemates. I'd like to see him score against the tough grinding teams such as the Flyers. I'm not sure he has that kind of heart.
Artie isn't a banger like Dubi and Cally, but that doesn't in any way, shape or form make him a floater.

Artie backchecks hard and is great defensively. He works hard along the boards and consistently drives to the net.

If you think he's a floater, then you don't know what a floater is.

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11-15-2010, 11:01 AM
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Howis a kid who was considered to have an NHL quality defensive game in his first year in Hartford a "floater?"

Total, usual European hate. Artie is as hard working as they come, and while he may not hit like Callahan or Dubi, he's really not supposed to.

If you want proof, look at his situational stats. He has the second most blocked shots by a forward on the team (cally has the most).

As for AA's play against the Flyers, since I live outside of Philadelphia, I get their broadcasts when they play the Rangers. If you remember, Artie had really strong games against them last year, so much so that Jim Jackson commented that, beyond Gaborik and Prospal, the Flyers considered AA one of the biggest threats on the ice. He really plays them well.

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11-15-2010, 12:24 PM
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AA Floater

I do not have any dislike for the Euros. I have been a Ranger/NHL fan for many decades and I think the game is far better now that the "Euro" skating style is in vogue.

LaFontaine made a similar observation the other night when AA won the game in OT - that he can go periods on the ice without you even noticing him. Just kind of floats up and down the ice and doesn't stick his nose into the play that much. Then will grab a loose puck and put it in.

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I disagree with the notion that you don't notice him though. Maybe in the offensive zone, but in his own end he is always active and you can always see him involved in the play.

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Last season I could see someone labeling him a "floater" but that was a product of him being a bit overwhelmed in his first NHL season and him trying to feel comfortable and find confidence playing at this level of competition...

This season he's the polar opposite of that and is involved in the play nearly all the time... Whether he's disrupted a play with his stick work or back-checking or even without the puck, he's moving into positions to get open and get shots off.... He's got his stick on everything one way or another.... He's been very engaged this season.

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Very talented guy but I consider AA a "floater". He reminds me of some other Russians who don't play that hard for large chunks of the game but get by on their talent. It amazes me how he can vanish for periods on end while playing with 2 such hard working wings like Callahan and Dubi. Unquestionably headed towards success as a scorer in the NHL but he would be far better if he had an engine like his linemates. I'd like to see him score against the tough grinding teams such as the Flyers. I'm not sure he has that kind of heart.
he is absolutely NOT a floater...thats an awful observation. instead of just looking at him, look at what the opposition is doing around him. his defensive awareness is through the roof, often times when hes "floating" its because hes perfectly in the middle of an oppositions passing lane and doesnt need to move. hes not a lazy player at all, hes extremely smart on his positioning. his biggest problems are his lack of foot speed, which hes getting better at, and his lack of physical strength, which hes getting better at too. hes a young guy whose growing into his body.

but floater? this kid will be nominated for a selke within the next 5 years, you can book that.

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If they get AA to a skating coach this summer it will do wonders for his offensive game.... He's already got the stick handling and wrist shot to be a threat out on the ice... If he improves his acceleration and speed he will find himself with a lot more scoring opportunities... I love when he drives to the net....

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If they get AA to a skating coach this summer it will do wonders for his offensive game.... He's already got the stick handling and wrist shot to be a threat out on the ice... If he improves his acceleration and speed he will find himself with a lot more scoring opportunities... I love when he drives to the net....
Imagine how he'd play if his skating improved (proportionately) the way Brian Boyle's did...

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Bump.

Monster game tonight from Arty.

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Great game tonight, so strong across the blueline and pushing towards the net. as always, great defense.

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future Selke winner.

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Yep. I am blown back by how good he is defensively. And he's still only 22.

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AA had a phenomenal game tonight. After that rough patch he really looks to be getting it back together. Using his body, making good moves, shooting when he see's the opportunities. He's starting to round his game out.

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great game by AA. i loved his inside-outside move he put on the TBs defense to get off a quick shot.

really hope he doesnt get traded

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