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12-12-2008, 02:52 PM
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What? what makes you think McDonagh is done growing? What are you basing this off of? As for skating, McDonagh's skating is good, I don't know what your getting at. As for offensive abilities, McDonagh has clearly shown more offensive upside over Fischer so far.
Fischer's best assets are his skating, long reach and his defensive play along with his passing abilities. He's much better in his own end then in the offensive zone. You would think that someone that can move the puck like he can would be able to produce a lot of offense, and while his offensive game is really starting to developm, he's still got a ways to go before he can be considered an offensive player imo.
McDonagh was the more advanced player because he's the better player. Look at the Minnesota High School State tournament when they faced off against one another, even though McDonagh was a year younger, he was named MVP of the tournament and I've heard from others that he was really great that year for CDH. McDonagh has been better then Fischer so far at each level and while not a great indicator, he's played for USA for the U-18 and soon to be U-20, something Fischer never did.
That's not even close to being true. Since Fischer has been at Minnesota I've seen most of his games since I get almost all there games on tv, Fischer has shown me nothing close to being anywhere near as mean as McDonagh. Fischer and mean should NOT be in the same sentence. McDonagh who I just saw for the 4th time this year, has a mean streak at least at times, and is certainly a physical player. Fischer can pin players along the boards and does so willingly but other then that he rarely throws a check, doesn't seem to be able to handle players in the crease. I do think that once he gets stronger its' going to help him, but in no way do I expect to see him being anywhere near as physical or "mean" as McDonagh or at all.
At 210lbs, how much more weight do you want McDonagh to pack on? If he gets to 220 or 225 at that height it will slow him down. Fischer is 6'4", he can add another 20-25lbs and it should not affect his agility and mobility.
Fischer's offensive game will improve as he gets stronger and his shot gets heavier. His physical game will improve also, last year he was a 185lbs beanpole because of his illness.
There are gazillions of examples of one player being superior at 18-19 and another player becoming the better NHLer. I can find you countless examples...just off the top just look at Gilbert Brule.
When I have seen Fischer he's not afraid to hit but last year he lacked the weight to relly nail guys, this year guys feel it more.
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You said that Pittsburgh has a depleted defense corps, doesn't play the trap and are
...I responded that we have a better record than them playing the trap displaying that playing the trap has nothing to do with losing.
It's not as simple ast trap+loss and no trap=win. With the team we have, you have to play a style that maximises their abilities. We have a quick, skating and puck control team. Short term, playing the 1-4 trap may get guys attention, but I can guarntee you we'll ever win a cup that way.
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