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08-15-2008, 05:13 AM
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Chipchura was more highly touted, but I never understood it. I spoke to Brad Davis (Oilers scout) at a Lethbridge Hurricanes vs. Prince Albert Raiders game in Lethbridge a few years back and he said the Oilers were looking closely at Chipchura. So I went to the 3 or so games he played against Lethbridge that year, and to a couple of games the year later when he was drafted by Montreal. To be honest, I NEVER saw what people saw in him. He was a quick, but not fast, skater. Didn't have an especially gifted nack for going to the net. Wasn't a great skill player. Played a pretty decent two-way game but was less than noticeable in 5 or so games I saw at the WHL level. Pouliot, I gather, was a lot of the same and benefited from skilled teammates, it seems. At the NHL level, he was noticeable last year as a decent checking liner, but I don't think he'll ever amount to more than that. Same with Chipchura.

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