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06-11-2009, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Siberian View Post
As you can see in the Stanley Cup finals the hitting is a very low factor in this series. With the speed of the game the players are really hard to nail and takeaways are 10 times more valuable than hits. To me undoubtfully Malkin has been the best takeaway player and Datsyuk is probably the second best. All the swedes are really great at it, some Canadians are decent but I think that as a skill it is missed by Canadians a little because at the junior level thay are trained to hit the player more instead of attempting a clean takeaway.
I like your argument about Malkin being the best takeaway player in the Stanley Cup Finals. However, you fail to point out that when he can't acheive his goal of stripping the puck from somenone cleanly, he resorts to cross-checking, slashing, hooking, holding, know, everything but hitting. If he laid the body into someone more often he'd might possibly be the greatest player on Earth. (or just not in the penalty box as often.)

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