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12-27-2009, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by RangerFan10 View Post
I'm not suggesting Torts can't coach non North Americans. Gaborik, Prospal, and Anisimov play more of a North American style game than Eastern Euro/Russian game. They play a north-south game, close to Torts' style.

The elite russian type players this board seems so interested in acquiring like Kovalchuk, Filatov, etc. are not players that typically fit in to Tortarella's grand scheme of things. That's all I'm saying.

There are a lot more Russian/Eastern Europe players that fit the Zherdev mold (sometimes play "lazy", don't exactly play a solid defensive game, aren't great forecheckers...pretty much just danglers/snipers without much else to their game) than there are guys like Gaborik, Anisimov, etc.

Kovalchuk is the antithesis of what you're talking about. Even Filatov can play in traffic. Zherdev's problem was never his style, it was his lack of self motivation. All-world talent, but he doesn't have the head to make it happen.

Plenty of Eastern European / Russian players have adjusted well to the NA game and can play the "Torts style" which is little more than a puck possession offense.

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