Prucha article...with a little twist...(Ovechkin)
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04-30-2004, 03:46 AM
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Very excited about Prucha.
He definitely doesn't have the size yet, but he could definitely turn into a legitimate top-2 line, power play sniper.
Frankly, the value I see in Prucha is on the PPK.
For the past four seasons, the Rangers have played a passive box when a man down. Enemy point men have not been pressured at all, a la Tampa Bay or Ottawa or even Montreal. This has got to end. I want to see speedy, pesty harrassment when the puck reaches the blue line to pressure for turnovers and (at minimum) prevent Devil-style timing plays where the slap shot arrives at net just when the two wingers converge to screen Dunham.
I envision Prucha's role to be one of these pesty, nimble mosquitoes on the PPK. Though he's not as fast as Bure was, Prucha has sufficient speed to provide a legitimate short-handed goal threat which keeps the enemy D from pinching... keeps them "honest" so to speak.
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