Dreger: Sharks strong contender for Nash
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03-05-2012, 10:50 PM
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: San Jose
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Are you referring to those who don't use their speed? Because JT is actually quite fast when he doesn't try to slow the play down. He was once even voted by players as 5th or 6th fastest in the league (not sure how I feel about that, but it seems opposing players take notice).
I am not sure whether opposing players would vote that way now. The book on defending him is to beat him with speed on the backcheck. Also, when was the last time that you saw him go wide and beat an opponent?
He is about average. I look when he is backchecking, whether he is gaining or losing. He definitely is well beyond Couture, Pavs and Clowe. His first step is definitely not explosive but he compensates with his stride which is long. He is well behind Staal, Datsyuk, Toews, Crosby, etc. Of the three slows that I named, he is faster than the other two, Getzlaf and Sedin.
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