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04-24-2004, 01:29 PM
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HCH
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Originally Posted by BruinsGirl
Thornton couldn't use his main strengths: speed and physical play (ribs) and shot(jammed wrist). It's unfair to compair him and Saku in this situation.

Lecavalie vs Koivu... Hmmm. Leadership and desire is definitely on Saku's side, but they are sooo different in their age and experience.

Skills? I think they are very close but Vinny is so much bigger which helps him utilize his skills better.
How about Lecavalier vs. Thornton? Both are young, big and strong. Thornton has shown more to date but has he peaked as a player? Will his temper keep him from achieving greatness? He makes a lot of really bad decisions in an effort to exact revenge. Lecavalier has also had his problems. Despite quarrels with his coach the guy has hung in there.

When I look at all three, each has his strengths. On the surface Koivu still seems to handle leadership the best . He has suffered through serious injuries as well as a life-threatening illness to return to the top of his game. But he is smaller.

I would take any of the three.

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