Thread: Speculation: Richards vs Jumbo
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05-22-2011, 04:52 PM
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I would take Thornton, definitely. Not a knock on Richards by any stretch. In fact I'd take Richards offensively and probably on pure defense too. But Joe Thornton just has that extra ingredient. His size, his grit, his heart, his strength, his physicality. Not that Richards can't play that game, but certainly not at the level Thornton can. Thornton is a lion. When he wants to get somewhere no one man is standing in his way. If you can contain Richard's skill, that's pretty much it. If you contain Thronton's skill, he'll shovel garbage, he'll agitate, he'll find away.

Overall Richards I think has more skill, but Thornton's game just has more relish on it. That's why I prefer Joe.

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