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03-23-2010, 12:31 PM
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The Norwegian Hobbit - Mats Zuccarello-Aasen

http://thestar.blogs.com/thespin/201...an-hobbit.html

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The player coveted by six or more teams is Mats Zuccarello-Aasen, who many will remember as the diminutive forward who skated for Norway at the Vancouver Olympics wearing No. 48 and using an unusually long hockey stick. The Leafs are believed to be one of the teams in hot pursuit along with Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas, Edmonton and Chicago as this begins to turn into this year's version of the Fabian Brunnstrom Sweepstakes.
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Zuccarello-Aasen 22, plays for Modo along with former NHLers Peter Forsberg, Markus Naslund, Niklas Sundstrom and Dan Hinote. The 5-foot-7, 160 pound centre/left winger led the entire league in scoring.
This is certainly a departure for a Burke type player.

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This is certainly a departure for a Burke type player.
Didn't Burke just say the other day though that his top 6 is about speed and skill?

If that is the case then this is him taking a shot on a potential top 6 guy

If it doesn't work out he'd probably excel with the Marlies


How is he in the shootout?

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Tlusty v.2 ? lol

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Wow - he looks alot like Bozak there

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Didn't Burke just say the other day though that his top 6 is about speed and skill?

If that is the case then this is him taking a shot on a potential top 6 guy

If it doesn't work out he'd probably excel with the Marlies


How is he in the shootout?
Not sure what his stats. are on the shootout but here are his career stats.

http://www.eurohockey.net/players/sh...i?serial=77890

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born 3.5 weeks after Crosby LOL

Thommie Bergmann pimping him to Burke?

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Wonderfully talented player. I remember a few years back when some people on this board wanted us to sign Linus Klasen, a SEL player of similar size, I was completely against that. MZA I wouldn't hesitate a minute to sign. He has offensive capabilities and a competitive edge to his game that will allow him to be effective.

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He reminds me a lot of Martin St-Louis.

Not only because of the height but the style of play. The only big difference is that Marty is a shooter type winger while Mats seems to be more of a play-making forward. They are both very competitive and all though much smaller than other players, they don't let it intimidate them.

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See, now this would be a euro worth getting somewhat excited about.

Like Gustavsson, this is a kid that has dominated the SEL at a very young age. That's impressive. He's not a lock to be a good NHL player but he's definitely worth signing.

Not like a kid like Brunnstrom, who was just a 2nd/3rd liner in the SEL.

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He reminds me a lot of Martin St-Louis.

Not only because of the height but the style of play. The only big difference is that Marty is a shooter type winger while Mats seems to be more of a play-making forward. They are both very competitive and all though much smaller than other players, they don't let it intimidate them.
Mats is more a playmaker as you say. I find his game a bit more like Pat Kanes than St.Louis, imho.

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See, now this would be a euro worth getting somewhat excited about.

Like Gustavsson, this is a kid that has dominated the SEL at a very young age. That's impressive. He's not a lock to be a good NHL player but he's definitely worth signing.

Not like a kid like Brunnstrom, who was just a 2nd/3rd liner in the SEL.
Brunnström should have stayed in the SEL another year to mature, if he had done that then he would have been a first liner in his second SEL season and he would also have been more ready to go to North America after that. But he got greedy.

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hahahaha i knew this would come after the first game of the olympics. he's young and has some skill, the sel is a good league and to be leading it in scoring shows some decent skill. sign him, what bad could come of it?

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Wow. He's small. He'd have to be very special to make the NHL...

I wouldn't minding getting someone of that skillset for the Marlies though, and if he impresses there, he can join the big club.

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St. Louis is pretty good and he's not a very big guy. Nor is Kane. He needs to put on some weight though but that's nothing NHL trainers couldn't help with.

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Mats is more a playmaker as you say. I find his game a bit more like Pat Kanes than St.Louis, imho.



Brunnström should have stayed in the SEL another year to mature, if he had done that then he would have been a first liner and he would also have been more ready to go to North America. But he got greedy.
Yeah maybe Kane is a better comparison . You are right.

The way MAZ skates and works the corners for his size reminds of Marty St-Louis though.



Either way, hopefully he can see the potential of signing with the Leafs, if Burke is interested. Hopefully he doesn't sign with Siber... I mean Edmonton or god forbid, Atlanta...

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hahahaha i knew this would come after the first game of the olympics. he's young and has some skill, the sel is a good league and to be leading it in scoring shows some decent skill. sign him, what bad could come of it?
Wallin bad?

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Small, speedy...skilled...don't we have this guy in Grabovski already?

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Brunnström should have stayed in the SEL another year to mature, if he had done that then he would have been a first liner in his second SEL season and he would also have been more ready to go to North America after that. But he got greedy.
Maybe he would have, maybe he wouldn't have. Maybe he made the right choice by cashing in while he was hot and still somewhat young. If he had stayed the next year, and ended up being 25 year old just "good not great" 2nd liner in the SEL, I'm not sure he would have got the payday he did.

Either way - he was just a decent young player in the SEL when he was signed, not a star or MVP calibre player like we see with this Hobbit kid, and was never deserving of the hype he got.

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Holy crap I never realized just how long of a stick he actually uses! I'm impressed at how well he handles the puck considering (he's like the semi-polar opposite of Kabby... lol)

And that video seemed to answer any questions about his shootout abilities... he looked pretty impressive to me. He's got some pretty sweet dekes unlike some Leafs of the past *cough* Reichel *cough* XD

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Hey Riddarn, what's his flat-out speed like? does he have Marty St.Louis speed?

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