How does Richards compare to other elite centers?
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07-03-2011, 03:23 AM
Take the damn deal
Join Date: Jun 2011
Originally Posted by
Laces out Dan
On sheer skill, Richards is somewhere in the top 10... don't care to speculate where. On what he brings to the table as a hockey player and a person, I'd put him in the top 3-5 range among centers.
Richards is a consummate professional:
skilled, smart, team player and a class act. And he has an exceptional work ethic
. If he ended last season relatively healthy, then right this second he is already ready for training camp or damn close to it. He is also going to make our young players much better imho. Just from playing with him, they will see the game and angles of play on a different level. I expect, for instance, to see a guy like Stepan really learn a lot from playing with Richards: how to slow the game down, how to optimize the players around you, how to create and capitalize on opposition holes.
Richards in every way, shape and form is an excellent addition to this hockey team. I am seriously, seriously excited about next season and the future of this team.
And he has a conn smyth and stanley cup to prove he is a winner.
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