Thread: Confirmed with Link: Patrick Holland signs ELC
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03-12-2012, 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Estimated_Prophet View Post
It is a fact that Holland is a very good skater. It always amazes me that some people just don't have an eye for the obvious.
Having said that, skating isn't just about lap times in open ice. It's also about the balance and edge work that becomes important when the level of physicality increases (ex: from WHL->AHL, and AHL->NHL), and the explosiveness/power of the first step when trying to create separation or get around/through traffic. Decreasing the reaction time between identifying what to do, and then making your body do it, is also important (hockey IQ and experience). Plenty of great skaters never really pan out because their speed didn't translate into the ability to navigate regular NHL play and get to openings in areas where they can be dangerous and contribute.

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