Do you have a legitimate chance to make the NHL?
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09-11-2008, 02:29 PM
Join Date: Jul 2002
Started relatively late, and never really had the chance. Couldn't crack it against WHLers. Had very good health, but my skating (speed and acceleration) was never better than average, and once it started declining, that was the spell of doom. I lacked strength, and generally didn't have high-level skills. As a defenseman, I could hit pretty well, and had a hard slap-shot. But I had a sub-par wrister and generally wasn't good at getting my shot off.
Every coach I've had did tell me that I had very good hockey sense and quickness. I always had good positioning, made the correct plays and did them quickly, and read the opposition very well. I like to think the couple of games I had in the WHL justified that, as the speed of the game never once phased me.
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