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02-24-2012, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Hardyvan123 View Post
seriously do you even watch the games?

People that minimize todays talent and high competiton levels, like in the example above, are either being ignornat or nostaglic, not sure which is worse.
I don't know, I kinda see his point. Mikita and Hull were slightly before my time but these were elite players. Aside from these two examples, today's game has some great athletes and some great hockey players - BUT, we have A LOT of players who simply aren't very talented.

The bottom six and #5-6 dmen on MOST teams are not good hockey players at all. They are bigger, faster, in better shape and they seem to play much harder on the forecheck and backcheck - but MANY of them have absolutely no skills.

Today, a player who's 6'4" 220lbs and can skate, is pretty much assured of an NHL job, regardless of ability. Seems that years ago, it was less about the biggest and fastest (players were generally smaller in stature) but players were much more talented. Also, talented players had to be tough or they simply couldn't play.

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