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11-10-2003, 11:41 AM
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I think he gets compared to Leetch because that's who he said his idol was growing up.

Unless the game changes again, he won't put up the offensive numbers that Leetch did.

At times Leetch was the best offensive defenseman in the NHL, I'm not sure Pitkanen will ever be the best offensively, but I do see him becoming a top 5 offensive NHL defenseman.

I don't think he shoots the puck like Leetch, but a very very good skater, passer, and stick handler.

One advantage he'll have over Leetch is that he will likely max out at 6'3 and 220 lbs.

Of the 20+ years I've been watching the Flyers he is far and away the 2nd best talent/young player I've seen begin his career with the Flyers.

Hopefully he comes closer to fufilling his potential than the other guy did.

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