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03-30-2010, 08:30 AM
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absolutely makes a difference overall. little fellas come with a more natural strong center of balance and core, the long trunk and long legs can make for an awkward period of growth where smaller guys are already developed in those areas. takes taller guys longer to grow into their bodies, and agility is definitely effected. they tend to have skinnier legs and have to work a lot harder to get the tree trunks associated with strong skaters. tall guys tend to be more awkward and off balance in general through their teenage years. it can definitely be overcome, and isnt true in all players - but its no coincidence that when prospects are called projects they are typically guys with size who have balance/agility/core skating issues.

for speed alone, i think straight ahead speed isnt so much the issue as long legs mean long stride and more speed, but in terms of lateral quickness and agility in tight spaces i think it matters for the same reasons. chara and myers are exceptions, and chara isnt particularly agile in all areas of the ice.

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