Who Has Lived Up to Expectations So Far?

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Oct 4, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky (2) skates with the puck while being defended by New York Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald (47) during the third period at Prudential Center. The Islanders defeated the Devils 4-3 in an overtime shootout. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Marek Zidlicky - Before you freak out, hear me out. Take away the D in front of his name and put an F. Zidlicky is tied for first in points (4) and leads the team in assists (4). He is tied for second in +/- with +2, and has a shorthanded assist on the season. One of the big problems Zidlicky had last season was production. This season, he is already about a third of the way to his assist total last season (15) and that was only in 48 games.

The problem with Zidlicky is defense. He is not a good defender. He is slow, lazy, and at certain points doesn’t even look like he cares that he is on the ice. If not for some nifty saves by Cory Schneider or Martin Brodeur, his plus minus would probably be lower.

That is the grand problem with Zidlicky. As a forward, he isn’t too bad. As a defenseman, he makes you want to gauge your eyes out.

Zidlicky might be having a bad defensive year but he is producing. He is halfway there and, you have to admit, he is doing better than we expected so far.

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