Does Size Matter
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11-30-2011, 02:47 PM
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Of course size matters, but not the the extent aragorn believes. It seems that to him the sole factor in making the NHL is being over 6'0, which is ludicrous. I've seen him write off countless players who are small before they've even properly adjusted to pro hockey. Guys like Petersson make his bust list now, Hoffman was there last year but since he grew from 5'11 to 6'0, he's now a worthwhile prospect.
How is it that guys like Kane, RNH, Crosby or Duchene have stepped right into the league and dominated being the small players they are? As has been mentioned, skating and hockey IQ are the most important factors in a player making it to the next level. If just being big was so important in the league, Hugh Jessiman would be one of the league's bright stars. Instead guys like Parise and Kessel are.
Size CAN be an issue but I think that's more a positional worry these days. Sub 5'10 forwards are fairly common. For goalies and defensemen size is more of an asset and more likely to hold a player back. Defenders get a huge advantage if they are stronger and have a longer wing span than the players they have to contain while goalies will cover more of the net.
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