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  • Could a healthy Jason Zucker have made a difference in the playoffs?




    A broken thumb will limit the ability for a player to grip a stick and then let go a shot. Manipulating the puck while it's on your stick is difficult as well. That's where the construction of a hockey glove comes in. The hockey glove has stiff padding on the exterior of the thumb to protect from other sticks and keep it from bending the opposite direction. The immobilization of the thumb would allow him to keep playing. Shooting the puck just wouldn't be the same and the stinging pain would definitely have an adverse affect on his game.

    Couple that with the type of match up that is the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, and they'll make it tough to be an offensive catalyst for any one player. Zucker being injured just limited his ability to be the x-factor that he was in the season when he was healthy.

    Could a healthy Jason Zucker have made a difference in the playoffs? We will never know exactly how he could have put his stamp on the post-season given, but it would have been fun to at least see what more he could have been capable of.

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