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12-02-2008, 10:05 AM
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I went to watch Hamilton play the other day at the Bell Center and what struck me was that he has really good hockey sense. He was used on the PP and the PK (although the PK was brutal for the Dogs that night) and he seemed to be a leader on the ice and the bench.

There was one thing that stood out though. He doesn't have the foot speed for the NHL imho. One particular play really highlighted this when the Senator's defenceman lost the puck at the blue line and was caught flat-footed. Chipchura tried to get around him and take the puck in alone but he never made it around. I'm pretty sure a guy with the speed say of MaxPac would have made it to that puck before the defenseman, or at least would have made him battle for it.

Maybe he was at the end of a shift but that's what I noticed the other night. He's slow. Good all around player other than that.

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