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02-13-2012, 07:28 AM
nik jr
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Kazan selects C Walt Tkaczuk.

i think he is the best option to match up with the big power C's in my division: trottier, forsberg, stewart, lalonde, fredrickson. modano is not an ideal C in that sort of matchup.

tkaczuk was famously strong and tenacious. great checker, PKer and faceoff man, but also a good scorer who usually outscored his opposition at ES. well known for his battles with esposito and clarke.

when i saw a NYR vs TML game from '71 a few years ago, he looked big. i would have guessed 6'2, but he was only 6 feet tall. TML (NYR's opponent in that game) may have been a small team, though.

may as well post some things from the history section

voted best PKer in '74 coaches' poll, and was 2nd to clarke for hardest working player. also finished 3rd in a '81 players' poll for best defensive F. tkaczuk retired in '81 after an eye injury, iirc.

tkaczuk's prime was mostly before the selke, but he finished 5th in '80 and 6th in '78.

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