#17 Alexei Lipanov, C, Barrie (10/5/17)

vs. North Bay Battalion (OHL)

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Tampa Bay Lightning 2017 NHL Draft pick Alexei Lipanov drives the zone entry, and himself into a wall/corner after seemingly not having a plan of attack in mind. This was a surprisingly recurring theme in the game where he would clam up against resistance. Lipanov loses the puck here, kills time off his team’s PP clock with the ensuing flurry behind the net, and then even more when the puck gets cleared out.

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Not only does Lipanov run himself into an easy turnover at the offensive blueline, but his possession fail leads directly to a scoring chance after Barrie gets trapped in their own zone – up a man.

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This is just one more clip showing Lipanov’s suspect decision making on the ice. As a forward on the point on the PP, he attempts a weak stick check while skating past the Battalion’s McKenzie who very clearly will head off to the races. Svechnikov ends up rectifying his poor choice.

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