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i wonder if jake virtanen, could some day, grow into a perfect linemate for EP?
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As further above; Jake needs to improve his handling of the puck. Protect the puck in tight, make plays. A bit of stickhandling.
He's also got to become a net front presence. Learn how to make tips. He should be a no brainer for rebound goals. At the very least I believe Green will knock him into shape for rebounds. But all this is within his capacity.
Exactly. Jake's shortcomings are all fixable with proper coaching, which he has been receiving and responding positively to. He really improved a lot last season with driving the play, but wasn't getting any of the bounces to go his way. Fortunately, he kept at it instead of letting it frustrate him, as he has done in the past.