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09-03-2009, 01:10 PM
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Jarick
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I've played all three extensively, here's my take on traits that make one a "natural":

Wingers:
- strong straight-line skaters
- strong on the boards and corners
- gets themselves open for a pass
- shoots the puck quickly with great accuracy

Defense:
- strong backwards skaters
- see the entire ice well
- can read or direct opposing players
- blocks or re-directs shots well

Centers:
- strong all-around skaters
- higher fitness level
- finds the open man for a pass
- supports his teammates in all three zones
- strong on draws

I play defense because my fitness level and straight-line skating suck. Even though my backwards skating isn't great, I'm good at breaking up plays and have an excellent outlet pass. I can also fire quick, low wrist shots pretty well. And my favorite part about playing defense is that I'm out on the ice a lot more every game and am more involved with the play.

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