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06-29-2011, 09:48 PM
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Also when people bring up well Brunette is bad and never improved you do realize that Bruno was a late round pick in 1993, so he was never given the same attention to development that Phillips will be given, he also played in a league where obstruction was the equalizing force, in all honesty Phillips doesn't look terrible as a skater, sure he's not smooth and fast but positioning plays a huge role.

Koivu isn't the fastest skater yet he is a great two way player, his skating is being blown up, yes its a weakness yes he knows it, yes he has the work ethic and the attitude to fix it, he's not james sheppard, he will probably end up in AHL, his attitude and other skills as well as him being a scoring player at every level is attractive.

Also if you remove the talent as you have said LIG, it takes a balanced offensive attack, so his numbers and that of his linemates and teamates were all probably higher because of each other, sure you remove Hubber his numbers may dip, you know that it doesn't indicate a lower offensive potential, you need finishers and people to help share offensive burden otherwise the team knows who to stop.

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