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Tallinder impressed with Urbom

Wednesday, 09.22.2010 / 2:48 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Tallinder impressed with Urbom
Alexander Urbom
Rookie defenseman Alexander Urbom has been one of the top prospects at camp. He made a believer out of defensive partner Henrik Tallinder after just one preseason game.

They each recorded two assists in the Devils' 4-3 shootout loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday. Jersey's Team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead before Danny Briere tied it late in the third and Mike Richards sealed it in the fourth round of the shootout.

Besides his two helpers, Urbom also finished a plus-2.

"He played great," Talllinder said Wednesday. "He's got good size, good mobility. The composure he showed I think was really remarkable for a 19-year-old. There's not much to say: I was impressed."

There's often a longer incubation period for defenseman as they learn the nuances of life on the blueline.

"If you make a mistake, as a defenseman you're always responsible and responsibility comes with age," Tallinder noted. "At that age, you might be a little bit careless and trying to do the magical play that you can't do all the time, especially not in this League. But he showed he's mature for his age. He didn't make any mistakes and that's remarkable for a young kid and harder for a defenseman to do that."

Another part of a young defenseman's development is coping with the pressures of the position.

"As a forward, you can make mistakes because you have cover from the defensemen and the goalie," Tallinder said. "We only have the goalie."

Tallinder believes Urbom could be ready for the next step. Drafted 73rd overall by the Devils in 2009, Urbom spent last season in Brandon (WHL), where he collected 12 goals and 21 assists in 66 games. It was Urbom's first year in North America.

"There's always some stuff here and there," Tallinder said. "That goes along with playing games and getting the experience. But he's definitely there, knocking on the door."

Head coach John MacLean has been high the Devils' crop of young defenders, including Matt Corrente, Tyler Eckford, Eric Gelinas and Matt Taormina.

"This League now, you need mobility, you need guys who can move the puck and move their puck," he said. "It bodes well for the future, if not right now."

Tuesday's game marked Tallinder's first appearance as a Devil. The 31-year-old enters his ninth NHL season after signing with New Jersey as a free agent this summer. Measuring in at 6-4, 210-lbs., the former Buffalo Sabre brings a towering presence to the Devils' D corps.

"It felt good," he said of his debut. "I think Alex and I played pretty solid. We played against a pretty good team, they had a lot of their regulars. We didn't play that well in the third, but I guess that's kind of normal for the preseason. But I think we played a decent game."

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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