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06-21-2011, 01:44 PM
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There's nothing soft about Landeskog's game
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You guys are killing me here.
By the way, that fight at the 1:00 mark was in about his 3rd game in the OHL. He was 16, taking on a very tough Muzzin (who was 19/20 that year) after a cheapshot to his teammate. I was excited to see him play, but that sealed the deal for me.
I will slay you more now...
Gabriel Landeskog of the Ontario Hockey League's Kitchener Rangers isn't your typical swift-skating Swede. He comes with a lunch pail, packs plenty of power and knows the English language as well, if not better, than most Europeans playing professionally today.
"I studied English since third grade and my ambition was to always play in North America, so I guess I always paid extra attention in class and watched movies and listened to music in English," Landeskog told NHL.com.
Off the ice, the 6-foot, 207-pound left wing, a native of Stockholm, oozes confidence -- his blonde hair and stern grin provide a glimpse of what could be a very marketable asset, too.
On the ice, he backs it up with feistiness reminiscent of two of the game's grittiest Swedes -- Detroit Red Wings forwards Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen. He also admired the way one of the country's most decorated players -- Peter Forsberg -- went about his business on the ice. Heck, he's even gone on record as saying he doesn't want to be considered a "soft European player."
"I think it all started when we were allowed to hit (in Sweden) at age 13," Landeskog said. "My dad used to play, and he was a big, physical defenseman and he gave me advice. He said, 'It's not bad to play physical, and it's an asset to your game.' I started young and came along with it and have been using (that physical approach) to my advantage now."
oh and this
"I try and pattern my game like Jarome Iginla (of Calgary)
and Mike Richards (of Philadelphia),"
Landeskog told NHL.com. "They're kind of my role models. I look a lot like how they play, and I want to be a leader like they are for their teams."
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