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02-28-2012, 10:12 AM
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TheGrapesOfMcIlrath
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Originally Posted by SingnBluesOnBroadway View Post
No he isn't. Hagelin has the smarts and speed to be an effective player on any line on the team and be an effective and productive player even if he isn't scoring. You can't say that about Zuccarello.
This.

Hagelin is adeqaute along the boards, Zucc isn't.

Hagelin has the speed to create space for himself, Zucc doesn't.

Hagelin can win puck battles with NHL players, Zucc can't.

In terms of pure skill Zucc > Hagelin. Skill doesn't mean anything if you can't get open chances. Zucc has neither the strength or speed to create chances in the NHL, which is why, despite having a very high skill level, he will never succeed in our system, which emphasizes forchecking, winning puck battles, and transition offense.

In a different system, Zucc might be able to excel. Hagelin is excelling. Hagelin's game is sustainable within our system, Zucc's is not. To act like Hagelin is in any way comparable to Zucc is pure fallacy.

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