State of Today's Game in Relation to our Team
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05-10-2011, 11:25 PM
Heart and Soul
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Hockey IQ, hockey sense, etc...whatever you want to call it, it's the most important quality a player can have. Everything starts there. It's all about learning. How much and how long?
Of course, physical attributes matter, but the best all-around players, in almost every case, are also the smartest ones.
Niklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk. Best all-around players at their position. Smartest players at their position. Crosby has incredible physical gifts, but he's also pretty smart. Not on the elite level, but probably just below it. Top 10 among forwards.
And as for talent and skills, other than Theo Fleury, Jagr and the short period of Bure, the Rangers have lacked that superstar kind of talent since Gretzky, and he was at the tail end of his magnificent career. Messier, Leetch. That's just about it. Kovalev had it in him, but not when he was a Ranger.
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