Thread: PGT: Oilers 3, Canadiens 1
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11-09-2011, 01:35 PM
Rebuild, year 4...
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So I'm late to the party here, but did anyone notice how much more the kid line was finishing their checks? Hall had that big hit of course, which was really nice to see, and Eberle is usually good for finishing his checks... but even the Nuge was doing it and doing it effectively. It certainly wasn't pointless, they were doing it to great effect.

Really loved to see that. I never understood why players don't finish their checks, even the small ones. It seems like there's a misconception that if they don't hit, then players won't hit them, which is obviously ridiculous. I think it's quite the opposite with many teams, you get identified as a soft target and then singled out as someone to hit to make you uncomfortable playing against them. The kid line has figured this out. Ask Hemsky how "taking the high road" has worked out for him all these years.

Even if the kids aren't exactly hot offensively right now, they are making strides. Game by game, you can see the progress.

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