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10-17-2003, 05:36 PM
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Oil in 9
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Hemsky is a very smart, very quick player with awesome hand-eye coordination... sounds like someone I would want killing penalties.
He has shown to be very good defensively, and really, the guys at the top of the power play need to do only a few things, clog the shooting lanes, clog the passing lanes, and help the puck out of the zone.
I think adding a penalty killing element to Hesmky's game is going to be invaluable to him.
"helping" the puck out of the zone is the hard part, that's why you need guys on the pk who will win one on one battles along the wall and all over the ice. Ales isn't a battler, he's most effective with the puck when he starts off with a bit of room to manoeuvre.
Furthermore, special teams make it hard enough to keep all your players in the game and keep the lines flowing smoothly, when they employ the same guys on each unit it just compounds the problem.
Having Ales on the pk is a bad idea all around.
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