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03-10-2011, 05:25 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Downingtown, PA
At times, I find it a little hard to delineate NoDak forwards because I think that Dave Hakstol does such a thorough job of molding players to fit his coaching style. Guys like Frattin, Jason Gregoire, Corban Knight, Chris Vande Velde, Darcy Zajac all play pretty similar games (with varying degrees of success), and in my mind, that goes straight back to Hakstol. I think it also explains why a little more individualistic player like Danny Kristo hasn't put up the numbers that some probably expected of him.
But back to Frattin - he's a better pure finisher than Vande Valde was, but I think the two players are really pretty similar. Frattin probably offers more aggressive board play, but I think Vande Velde was the better two-way player, and the better player in open ice.
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