All-Time Draft #12, Part V
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10-31-2009, 10:08 PM
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Exactly. The way we figure, Thompson can cover defensive minutes and Stuart can play the energy checking minutes. Henry will be one of the best goal scorers on a second PP unit in the entire game.
And he is good to use 5 on 5 to provide that unexpected offensive kick when opponents are prepared for a grind line.
Honestly, what's the difference between a guy like Henry and a guy like Tim Kerr? Size? Doesn't the speed difference counter that? The difference is, we're using Henry in a role that covers his flaws.
In terms of results, Henry may be similar to Kerr. But it's hard for me and maybe for others to picture Henry in the ATD setting because he's so small and plays what we picture as a big man's role - tips and rebounds around the net on the power play. There aren't really any other players like him. That's not to say he can't fill that role at this level, just that it's not easy to see.
By the way, I just ran across a source that said 20 of Henry's 24 goals in his rookie year were on the power play. That means over his career, 125 of his 279 goals were scored on the power play. With 45% of his goals on the power play, his scoring is the most power play heavy of any forward who will be selected in this draft and played since 1960. Dave Andreychuk is second at 43%.
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