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09-23-2003, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Volchenkov
This is my feeling as to why Muckler chose to sign Smolinski over Arvedson: He wants to eventually have a team of complete players with no weaknesses in their games.

Complete players: Hossa, Bonk, Smolinski, Fisher, White,

Players who will become complete players: Spezza, Havlat, Vermette

One weakness: Alfredsson, Varada, Schaeffer, Neil, Shastlivy
Ok, a few things...

1) Bonk lacks consistent effort and a true power game. He's a well-rounded player, but I wouldn't say complete.

2) White is too small and not strong enough to be complete. He is a two-way player, but not complete like Hossa, or Fisher or Smoke for that matter.

3) Alfredsson is a more complete player than everybody save Hossa and Fish in my opinion. He lacks the straight-away speed of those guys, but does it all, and works his butt off.

Interesting concept. THe flaw though, is in determining what you mean by complete. Do you mean, a two-way forward? Or do you mean, no weaknesses, because even Hossa has a weakness, heck, so does Forsberg.

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