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04-02-2008, 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Bullsmith View Post
Good comparisons, but I'd add the words "a poor man's version". Gainey and Carbo are hall of famers, two of the greatest defensive players of all time. Chips doesn't have anything like Gainey's skating, while Fortier has a fraction of Carbo's offensive stats in the Q. Gainey was a first round pick despite never putting up big numbers in junior. He was a standout physical specimen on another level than Chips is. Ditto Carbo at draft day vs. Fortier. One was a potential star, the other a potential NHLer.

I like both Fortier and Chipchura very much, and think they're both players who can (and will!) make the NHL and have solid careers, but let's be realistic in what we expect.
Should have said that, was comparing styles.

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