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10-21-2003, 02:59 PM
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Of course he was hyped. Virtually every prospect is. Get over that part of things.
I can't see how you don't see Hossa's strong play along the boards. Guaranteed if you put virtually any other Hab on that left side (other than Ryder right now) and that Ribeiro line struggles. Hossa's been a huge strength on the boards. He has also generally been the defensive conscience on that line over the last few games.
I can see where you would be disappointed in Hossa. When he had his callups in the past, he was a real force offensively. Looked like a go-to-guy and could carry a scoring line on his own. Drove the net with authority, dominated the boards, averaged 5-6 shots a game. Excellent stuff. He hasn't shown a glimpse of that since. It's frustrating, but that's how prospects go. Let's hope he continues developing and starts showing more signs of playing with authority, because his game is all about power if he's going to fulfill his potential.
Give it time. Ryder at the same age was in the ECHL, whereas Hossa is a legit NHLer already.
I'll keep my answer to this post short and sweet by saying that there's not a single word in here I disagree with.
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