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11-19-2003, 05:13 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
some comments on Jamie...
First, him centering that line is assinine. It's a line consisting of three guys who have trouble with the puck, forcing them to do things they're not capable. They're doing a very good job, but would be more help to others.
Second, I'm disappointed in the fact that he plays like a girl. Constantly peeling away from a hit. Constantly avoiding contact. Constantly getting knocked off the puck. It's just disappointing because he played a rough style in juniors, but is somehow still too small.
What I will recognize is that he has an NHL shot, wheels, and I believe smarts. He will continue to disappoint point-wise until put into another role in which you can take advantage of his strengths (he can get to the puck quickly and poke it deep - he can shoot nicely - and he'd diligent on the backcheck - after that, he's lacking, but other areas may develop).
And Ortmeyer - how stocked was he when patted on the back by Mess after a shift? He could potentially become Holik's right wing. Pretty strong on his skates. Good wheels (took me a while to notice). Likes to shoot (and has a decent shot). Decent size. Doesn't get fancy. Will sacrafice his body. Smart defensively. I hope he continues to develop - and perhaps with the proper development will bring an offensive game to the table.
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