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03-12-2011, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by VMBM View Post
Well, here it is (finally!):

The link:

But I think Chidlovski is talking about straight-ahead speed... like I was. Other than that, there was nothing wrong with Vikulov's skating.
Actually, being the 5th best player of the 1970's, over Petrov, Balderis, Yakushev, Vasiliev and Shadrin is quite an accomplishment. Vikulov was the last player of this list to be taken in this draft, and while his three elite season were in the 1970's, he still was the second best RW in the league from 1967-to-1969. This list makes Vikulov looks very good.

About his skating, I think we're getting very close as to what he really was. He seemed to have been a slow straight-forward skater, but a very agile skater in every other aspect of skating. However, a few sources DoMakc showed me clearly write 'Vikulov is a fast skater', but he probable wasn't. Actually, thinking about it, the nickname 'Slalom Racer' seems to be very fitting for someone who don't have great straight-forward speed but is very agile otherwise.

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