Kane vs. Kopitar
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11-12-2008, 07:30 PM
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Briere has played a large part of his career in the old NHL, where talented, small forwards weren't as effective as they are today.
If Kane were drafted in 2000, there's no way in hell he would have gone 1st overall, much less have put up 72 points his rookie season.
Kane actually has a lot of similarities to Briere. He seems pretty clutch (although that won't be definitive until we see the kid in the playoffs), fantastic hands, great vision, playmaker at heart, etc. It's not a knock on Kane - Briere is a great player whose game is entirely out of place in Philadelphia and therefore gets lambasted because they decided to overpay for him. Don't forget that Briere was Philly's leading scorer in the playoffs last season, as well.
How can you decisevly say that? I mean in the old NHL, were small players unheard of?
You can't compare different generations, because in every generation the players will learn differently in juniors etc. and adjust their games for the NHL... that is why in juniors they added the shootout, once the NHL did, and they adjusted their rules, once the NHL did...
I mean if Kane was drafted in 2000, how do we know his learning could have been for the old NHL, but he could still dominate it? (He was 12 yrs old in 2000 btw)...
Even in the current NHL, there are still huge hits etc, the main difference between the old NHL and new one, is the hooking and slashing... even then, if you watch Kane, the way he plays around the boards and on the ice, is amazing at how he is able to avoid body contact with other players...
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