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11-17-2003, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Other Dave
The whole team can't be all-stars.
Why not, we're close!

Seriously though, I guess we have different views on Schastlivy. I definitely don't see him as a Peter Schaefer type player at all, even with further defensive development.

I see him as a "shooter", plain-and-simple. My biggest beef with a lot of our talented forwards is that they get a little cute some time. Schastlivy is the cure for that. You put him on the line with the objective of capitalizing on the moves that the other players create (particularly Spezza and Havlat).

He's the only pure goal-scorer who feeds off others. Hossa is going to be a perennial Richard trophy candidate, but most of his goals are a product of his puck carrying. Schastlivy is a guy that can capitalize on other people's work. Right now, he's not doing it. Perhaps he can keep his job by doing everything else "average", but IMO, there are better players out there who can do those things.

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