Blair Betts, Oskars Bartulis and Matt Walker
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10-04-2011, 05:07 PM
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Positional awareness trumps speed almost any time on the pk. The reason guys like Gagné, Richards and Lappy has been so effective on the pk during their careers, isn't because of their speed, but because they know where to be on the ice to cut off passing lanes and such before they need to go full speed ahead to get there.
Maybe Simmonds or even Rinaldo can become a good pker, but to bet on it before you see it is perhaps not the best thing to do if you're trying to build a team that will compete for the cup.
there is no doubt those guys are great pkers because they have a great awareness in their own zone, however they can put that to use by using their speed to attack the lanes and get the puck. Betts has the mental attributes just not the physical ones, he does not have the ability to win races to the puck, or quickly intercept passes and get quickly into lanes. Plus using 3 of your top 6 guys (richards, carter, giroux, on your pk is just not practical, I like how we now can use 3/4th line guys now.
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