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XXX Emerging as a Strong Two Way Threat


When your locker room contains one of the best in the business of playing both sides of the puck, it is hard to not learn anything. Xin Xie Xiao credits Odin Tordahl, the team’s leading scorer and MVP with the reason for his progression.

“Boom has been a great guy for us, but me especially. Just picking up on his habits and the way he plays and prepares for games has been a great benefit. He pays attention to all these details on the ice and really it is hard not to follow his example.” – XXX, New York Americans

Entering the last leg of his sophomore season, XXX has taken leaps and bounds in his game since last year. He has already surpassed his point totals from his rookie season where he put up 72 points in 72 games including 29 goals. He led his team in hits (366), game winning goals (6) and shots (439). He also had the second highest penalty minutes with 151. Coming into this season Xin wanted to work more on his overall game. New York acquired one of the best in the business by bringing in Odin “Boom” Tordahl, the Boulet winner in season 36. He boasted an impressive resume with 106 points, plus 48 and 353 hits.


This season, XXX has 6 games left in the season but has already scored a career high 39 goals, good for second on his team behind Tordahl. He has also rounded out his game extremely well, showed by his team leading plus 39. An integral factor in this conversation is that XXX has thrown less hits but also has been in the penalty box far less often this season. His 203 hits is more than 150 less than his counterpart in Riga (Brennan McQueen) but he has only been penalized for 59 minutes, which is 1/3 of the minutes he had last year in the penalty box. It is one of the lowest (if not the lowest) penalties taken per hit among players with more than 200 hits this season. To his credit, XXX has only 17 points or 8 goals on the power play this season so if you take that into consideration it means he has 31 even strength(or short handed) goals or 78% of his points come from even strength or on the penalty kill. He is essentially shaping up into a top flight two way player that a coach can throw into any situation and look to make an impact. The impact has shown up in games as well as the league has awarded him 11 first stars of the game, tied with David Collier for most in the league.

XXX attributes his lower hit numbers to simply making smarter plays, having the puck more and not giving up the puck to the other team.

“Well obviously if you don’t need hit the other team when they don’t have the puck so we have been cutting down on our turnovers as much as possible. Also I think I’ve learned that making a big hit isn’t worth it if I’m just going to sit in the box for two minutes, its hurting my team if I make a hit for the sake of making it. Just having the puck between myself, Tordahl and Slaughter and not letting the other team have it is basically why my hits have been down this season. I’d rather have the puck on my stick anyways than needing to chase down the other team for it.” – XXX, New York Americans


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Context: 3/3 - XXX had a pretty good season this year and he's definitely emerging as one of the best two-way players in the league, but at this point in time, I'd have to say that McQueen is the top two-way player in the league. It is interesting and nice to see though that XXX's PIMS/hit has fallen.


Grammar: 2/2 - Just a couple.


MVP with = MVP, with

season 36 = Season 36

two way = two-way


Appearance: 1/1 - Very professionally done.


Overall: 6/6

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