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SmokeyClause 09-19-2003 04:20 AM

The Tennessean: Grit could be Tootoo's ticket into NHL
 
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From the Tennessean:

Jordin Tootoo has always been such a physical hockey player that a fellow Predators prospect once called him a Tasmanian Devil.

The aggressive style made Tootoo a dominant force in the Western Hockey League, but now he must answer an important question: Is he big enough to play that way in the NHL, where so many players will be bigger, stronger and faster?

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Grit could be Tootoo's ticket into NHL

triggrman 09-19-2003 04:47 AM

Looks like he understands he has to change a little
 
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''I'm definitely going to have to pick and choose my spots,'' Tootoo said. ''I won't be able to run around like I did in juniors. The guys here are mentally smarter, and the game is a lot quicker, so I'll have to utilize my linemates.''

I have no doubt, but some posters here have questioned whether he would be willing to or smart enough to pick and choose his battle better than he did in juniors, so this is really good to see.

SmokeyClause 09-19-2003 12:49 PM

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Originally Posted by triggrman
I have no doubt, but some posters here have questioned whether he would be willing to or smart enough to pick and choose his battle better than he did in juniors, so this is really good to see.

Well, obviously he is going to have to be smarter. Now, saying it and doing it are two different things. I remember when Delmore used to say he was committed to defense. That being said, I think if anyone can, it's Tootoo. He's quite smart and I'm sure realizes his immediate role on this team.


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