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Michal Handzus, C

Handzus is a huge player - not a big hitter, but he can handle himself when things get rough. His long reach makes him very effective defensively, both at even strength and at killing penalties.

One of the few slow skaters who is a very good penalty killer, Zeus uses his enormous reach and anticipation instead of speed. He's also not awful offensively, regularly scoring 40-55 points in the dead puck era when healthy.

He also has all-time great hockey hair:

-6'4", 217 lbs

Respectable numbers:
407 points in 766 games.
30 points in 66 playoff games.

Selke Record
: 2nd (2000), 11th (2003), 8th (2004)
3 Times Top 10 in SHGs: 2000, 2001, 2008

-Represented Slovakia at the World Championship (2000, 2002, 2005, 2009), the Winter Olympics (2002, 2010) and the World Cup of Hockey (2004).
-7 points in 9 Olympic games
-17 points in 25 World Championship games

Not a flashy forward, but extremely versatile. Handzus has shown he is capable of winning face-offs, scoring from the top of the circles, and creating traffic in front of the net. #26 is a veteran who can center a wide variety of wingers. Handzus’ smart play has worked well with the various line combinations Terry Murray has drawn up. Bottom Line: An essential part of the Kings offense, Handzus rarely makes costly mistakes. Whether it’s his puck control down low, his body in front of the net, or his shot selection from the top of the circles, his intelligence on the ice meshes well with his line-mates.

Originally Posted by Blackhawks Acquire Handzus (2006)
“In Michal Handzus, we were able to acquire a big, strong center who is an excellent two-way player,” said Tallon. “We felt we needed a big centerman to play against other big centers in the Western Conference. We also feel that Michal is a guy who will be able to get the puck to Martin Havlat. We feel that a line of Martin Havlat, Michal Handzus, and Tuomo Ruttu is a pretty good line. In the off-season we identified the center position as one we needed to strengthen and we feel we have addressed that need.”

Handzus, 29, stands at 6.05 and weighs in at 217 pounds. Last season, he played in 73 games for Philadelphia scoring 11 goals while adding 33 assists for 44 points with 38 minutes in penalties. Handzus logged 18:28 minutes per game for the Flyers and took many face-offs in key situations. In fact, he was the leading face-off man for the Flyers winning 53.2% of his draws to rank 18th in the NHL.

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