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09-15-2011, 01:00 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Originally Posted by
Minister of Offence
You've never seen foligno even come close to attempting that in a game on purpose at full speed. Even in a development camp. Either at zibanejads hands looked quite good to me.
The point is there are signature moves certain players practice, that after being perfected, make the particular move and player, look like the guy has all world skills. Foligno specifically, has several of them he uses at high speed. He scored three highlight reel goals last preseason, as you might recall. They make you think the guy should be a 30 goal guy, even though he never will. And btw, Zbad might not be capable of any of those particular moves, but that doesn't really measure his pure skill level. But in the end, I wouldn't say Foligno is really an elite level skill guy.
The main point is that elite offensive skill comes from adapting to the moment, not from a small portfolio of particular moves. Daigle had several 'signature' moves, as did Spezza when he first arrived. But guys like Forsberg, Jagr and Malkin have no real limit to their bag of tricks. They take what the defender gives them, rather than making a particular move hoping the guy bites this particular time.
Hopefully that makes more sense.
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