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11-10-2003, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by HiggsFan
Some of you guys partially missed my point. I know he is no offensive threat, but still, he has been more dangerous around the net than some overpaid underachievers (we won't give any names as we all know who I am talking about). In fact, my point was only to point out the obvious: not only is he playing his role perfectly, which is to hit and annoy players on the other teams, but he is also creating offense at some point and doing a fine job on the PK.

That's more than we expected from him, agreed?
Well, not really. A good checking line forward will do those things, i.e., put pressure on the opposition, forecheck hard in the opposition's zone and cycle around the net. I think Begin is doing these things well, in addition to throwing the body and generally being a pest. But forechecking and cycling around the net should not be mistaken for creating offence. From the forecheck, of course there will be some good bounces and hopefully he'll contribute with a goal here and there, but he is certainly not going to be an offensive threat.

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