Thread: Grabs vs Hudler
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05-13-2008, 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted by jcpenny View Post
Good thread. Both are pretty similar and id say that Grabs has more speed.
I agree, it's a good comparison and a thought-provoking one.
Difference is that Babcock is not scared to play his skill players and Carbo prefers to live and die with grinders...
Well I think Babcock has a lot more insulation for a guy like Hudler/Grabovski than Carbo does. The top skill guys on Detroit are also Selke candidates and the whole team is just rock-solid on D and puck possession. They can get away better with initiating a young skill guy in the lineup. It's not like their Draper line or other grinders get left out of the mix either, though. We don't have the same easy situation, and maybe we actually rely more on our lower lines to make grit and defensive contributions, and have less margin of error for initiating a skill guy there. But the depth is growing, and maybe we'll soon be in a better position to try it. I wouldn't call it a "preference" of Carbo's, just a natural acceptance of the reality that we're not quite ready yet.

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