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05-29-2010, 12:03 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Vancouver, BC
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Someone here mentioned Brad Stuart as a comparison before. I think I agree with that the most, by the sounds of Sauve's skillset.
Sauve's hockey sense and overall puck skills are *substantially* worse than Stuart's were at the same age. Sauve is, however, much more physical.
Stuart was a #3 overall draft pick who was projected as a star when he came into the league and spent the first decade of his career as a top-pairing defender who played 22-23 minutes/game including substantial PP time.
Past the age of 30, he's settled into a bit more of a supporting role in Detroit, but he was still a hell of a good player for most of his career.
Sauve has done nothing so far to indicate that he'll be on the level of a Brad Stuart. Stuart scored 36 points
in the NHL
at the same age that Sauve just scored 36 points in the QMJHL.
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