Looking back 7 years/Jaromir Jagr appreciation
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12-23-2011, 01:19 PM
Can't Beat Him
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Washington, DC
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He may have never been as talented as the goal production he showed in his rookie campaign. Honestly though, you don't think a player can be damaged because of stunted growth in their beginning stages of professional hockey? What happened afterwards could be a direct result of it, it's all speculation, it's not an exact science. Though, that's not what I am talking about.
I think he was damaged by absorbing repeated, crushing hits, as well as the nasty knee-on-knee collision. He went from a dynamo in the dirty areas around the net to someone who was more content to be a perimeter player--a role in which he was not effective.
Could we have coaxed some more production out of him had we handed him a larger role and utilized him differently? Possibly. I still think the end result would have been the same for Prucha.
It's impossible to say for sure, but that's how I have always seen it.
It's just pain.
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