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04-09-2004, 11:26 AM
Believe In Henke
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: BKLYN, NYC
I've been touting his play since i got to see the CHL Prospects game a little over a month ago.
In that game he had a goal and played solid on the defensive end. Definitely a nasty customer in front of the net.
Boris Valabik is a mountain of a man standing at 6’6” and 206 pounds and he just turned 18 on Saturday. The Slovakian defenseman could fill out to be one of the biggest players in the NHL if he continues to improve. Valabik has been a great addition for the Rangers and helped fill some huge holes on their defense corps due to graduation. Valabik plays a very physical game and is probably the meanest, toughest European to ever come over to the OHL.
Valabik has modest skills with the puck, he tends to keep things very simple as he knows his role is to defend in his own zone. Valabik has 12 points this season and a whopping 232 penalty minutes. With his wing span, he can generate quite a shot and that is an area that he will have to work on as far as getting in the position to use it more often and getting it away quickly and on net. Valabik makes opposing forwards pay a price when they stand in front of his net. He is hard to beat to the outside due to his respectable skating and long reach. Valabik played his usual physical game on Sunday against the Knights but surprisingly turned down a challenge to fight Brandon Prust. When on the ice against the Knights top scorer Corey Perry (Anaheim first round pick in 2003) he gave Perry very little room to skate with the puck and gave him several shots during and after the play.
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