One of LaLeggia’s biggest improvements this year in the defensive zone has been his ability to play bigger opponents one-on-one. LaLeggia can not only play opposing forwards in open ice but he can battle for pucks in the tight corners when bigger players try to lean on him and out-muscle him for the puck.
Finishing fourth on the Pioneers in scoring, LaLeggia did more than just score points. With just five defenseman in the lineup most nights, LaLeggia had to develop into a leader on both ends of the ice immediately, and he proved able to do so quickly, playing key minutes against opponents’ top forwards.
Last edited by McDNicks17: 03-01-2013 at 02:07 PM.
Watched Erik Gustafsson friday night, he's been getting some praise lately so I thought I'd give him another chance. But no. Still unimpressive, looks awkward defensively, had a massive giveaway for Karlskogas second goal and just doesn't look good at all out there.
He's got size, ok skating and pretty good offensive instincts, but he just can't play d to save his life, his positioning is waaay off. Either I keep catching his worse games or the hockey experts I've heard praise him are full on idiots.
The only thing imo that could turn him into an NHLer is if the talk about him heading to Frölunda is true and Roger Rönnberg, who's a really good coach, can turn him around. Because right now I just don't see him even sticking in the SEL unless it's a pure PP role, which usually doesn't exist on swedish teams.