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05-18-2004, 09:07 PM
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Originally Posted by V-2 Schneider
I don't know how anyone can say Saku has lost speed.He is one of the quickest players in hockey, and his acceleration is in the top 1% on the NHL.He is not a Bondra type in an end to end footrace.If you've ever seen him live, he can appear out of nowhere and Zoom! fill a gap like few players.He isn't a blazing straight away skater like Sakic or Kariya, but when he has someone chasing him, he breaks away from them, like Bure.

Kasperaitus once said Koivu was one of the toughest guys to defend against in hockey, both because of his quickness, but also his low centre of gravity which made knocking him down very difficult.I have seen Saku undress guys like Leetch and you need smarts coupled with speed and world class quickness to accomplish such a feat.
Talking about Koivu undressing players i remember KOivu in the 97 playoffs playing with a broken hand completely undressing Jaromir Jagr in the middle of the ice This is my favorite player, damn those injuries... :mad:

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