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10-21-2011, 12:45 PM
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Bonk had a great stretch in his career where he was a force offensively too.
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Is there any concept out there of Engqvist's faceoff percentage in Hamilton? I'm sure I've read about it before. But the idea that he was brought in "as a faceoff specialist" seems a little alien to me. He does seem to project as a defensive/checking line player. Along the lines of the latter day Bonk, the center ice version of Dackell/Sundstrom. And he has tallness and shoots R. But I'd have suggested he was brought in more "for lack of having anything better" than "as a faceoff specialist".
Maybe there is a hope that one day he can indeed develop into that latter day Bonk and be decent on faceoffs. But there surely was no hope/expectation that he could provide that element right off the hop?
I wonder what the odds are on players "developing into" Bonk/Sundstrom defensive types as a "fulfillment of their upside" as contrasted to the odds of players who start off with a higher perceived upside (and indeed higher performance) "settling into" Bonk/Sundstrom defensive types once they've been around long enough and become veterans in the league?
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