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10-17-2003, 11:40 AM
Joe Cole
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This board is very pro-rookie. So much so that we see effort and talent when it it isn't there...yet.

Hossa has not yet played a stretch of 10 games where he was factor in every game. Maybe he will, I think he will. But it hasn't happened yet.

Digging out pucks, playmaker? OK, if you say so.

What I have seen in all the games that the Habs have played and whatever Bulldog games that were televised, Hossa is not intense. He doesn't NEED the puck.

He has skills, and maybe he will develop into a good player. I slotted him as a second line power forward because of his size and potential. But he hasn't dazzled me yet.

When he becomes a factor on the ice on every shift, then he has arrived. Until then, he is just another prospect with poitential. Let's see if he gets some fire in his eyes.

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