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06-14-2009, 12:33 PM
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Montréal, QC.
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So your definition of a physical player doesn't limit itself to the player actually playing physically?
I suppose you don't define a goal scorer by how many goals he scores either?
You said that you're tired of people "trying to make you believe he's a physical player" and now you've added that your definition of a physical player isn't limited to having a large number of hits, which, would seemingly be a very obvious way to measure whether a player is physical or not.
I'm sure I'm not the only one confused by this, so please, do tell us how you gauge if a player is physical or not.
Sorry for not getting back to you ASAP, I went to bed quite early last night.
Okay, so we were talking about physicality in hockey. While it is true that hits are probably the most important aspect of playing a physical brand of hockey, it is also important to follow up on hits and make good plays. In honest words, what would be the use of laying hits if it didn't create any chances on the other teams end? Now I'm sure you will come up with answers to that previous question, but I will continue with this thought process.
Often times, you see players like Latendresse that are capable of throwing big hits but don't retain puck possession. It is refreshing for us to have a player like him because (yes its true) rarely do we see big hits coming from the Habs, however his inability to create chances from hits prove to me that he still needs much catering before he can claim to be a physical player.
Now, this may be unfair, but I will use players such as Lucic and Getzlaf as models for a physical brand of offensive hockey. I will admit that it is hard to clearly define a "physical player", but guys like the ones I've mentionned just seem to have a knack for laying hits, retaining pucks, roughing up the opposition, disrupting the play, withstanding hits and driving the net.
I am also hoping that Latendresse develops into a great player (it would be gravy if he could break the 20 goal mark), but I just reacted badly to the statement that he is (currently) one of our best young players. I am the pessimist kind, even if you make 1 million dollars today, I will always think of you as the 40k guys from yesterday or the 10k guy that you MIGHT be next week.
Yeah, you were right, you're not the only one confused at the moment
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