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The regular season was nice, but Hudler needs strong playoffs for the team and fans to fully believe that he has a place here. After showing some promise in earlier seasons, he ran off the KHL for a season then played miserably bad last year in his first season back.
He entered this season with much to prove, and he answered the call. He set a career high with 25 goals and finished the season with 50 points. That was great for the regular season, but what about the playoffs?
Hudler is small. He is generously listed at 5’9 and is easily pushed around. He has not played horrible but has spent allot of time getting up from the ice from all the knockdowns. He needs to be able to score or at least set up scores to counter the physical play he is receiving.
So far he has no points and is minus two. He needs to step up his game.