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03-28-2011, 08:07 PM
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Originally Posted by The Sabre View Post
He's not a LW and he's not a 4th liner at center either. There's no evidence he hit much, checked well or played physical in any way. In fact, there's evidence he was a finesse player who ought to play top-6 role or bench, therefore an extra pick candidate.
In my quick analysis I tend to agree with this. It seems he was the second line center behind the Bobrov line, so he probably wasn't going up against team's best pairings even. He however does seem to have a better Soviet League scoring record than Bobrov which is interesting at least.

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A player of exceptional control, he never resorted to battering ram-style charges or frenzied scuffles for the puck.
This certainly makes me think he doesn't really have much of a physical side to his game. Seems like the 1950s Soviet version of Tim Kerr to me.

EDIT: Totally didn't even read that quote Sabre, just looked at your analysis of what you thought of him LOL

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