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10-04-2004, 06:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Fletch
and I found a few things. One, he was older last season than most other draftees. Two, his number just started to take hold. His previous two seasons did not produce the results of last season. Three, his footspeed seems to be a problem. What I further read was that he is physical, and he is a crease-clearer. He must be a real bad skater, however.

Interesting pick at 8. Dale wasn't such a great skater (still isn't), but he improved each year and this guy supposedly has a decent shot and puckhandling capabilities. Eric Cairns was a pretty bad skater as well. Granted this kid could be downright horrible, as he was passed-up by many. With some hard work on that aspect, perhaps he becomes a player.
No way he is as bad a skater as Purinton. And as for being a year older, then so was Callahan who went in the 4th round, and many others I am sure, so I really doubt that is the reason.

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