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07-29-2004, 08:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Stefan_Latulippe
Is scoring goals and offense abilities also natural talents????? If so, how can we expect some of our draft picks and 3-4th line puck dumpers to get better?
I don't think you'll ever get Begin to rip shots from the wing like Bossy or Hull but you can ask for improvement. I remeber Steve Shutt talking about things that can be taught as far as positioning and release. Little things like being willing to go to the net without the puck help. Sometimes confidence becomes an issue and some players develop this at a certain point in their careers. On the other hand, some players are too easily satisfied to call themselves defensive specialists and don't show enough determination offensively. I consider Sundstrom an example of this. I don't know that you can characterize many Habs merely as 'puck dumpers' though. Even your friend Bullis hasthe ability and should be expected to chip in 15-20. Not a huge number but when you look around the league, there are a lot worse. It's already been said, Dagenais has had time to improve, why now ? Now people know he can score in the league, but his game has to get to at least a mediocre level to stay. If one of the young players show they can score and play a complete game, why would they keep him ?

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