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11-19-2003, 03:14 PM
VO #23
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Originally Posted by RoyIsALegend
You can pick any player from junior who hasn't done well in the NHL, Scott Parker was simply the quickest choice because I'm familiar with him and he has two qualities that Jordin Tootoo has: toughness and a killer shot.

Points in the CHL do not necessarily translate to the NHL. The only indicative thus far can be Tootoo's production in the NHL, and one goal in nearly two months of hockey is certainly Parker-esque.

You're going to defend Tootoo, and I'm going to attack his flaws. We both share differing opinions, and I respect that, but let's not use points in junior as an indication of talent in the NHL. I'd much rather watch the actual games and see Tootoo's glaring lack of puck skills.
He's actually got some pretty good skills. He won both the hardest shot and fastest skater (60 feet) competitions at the 2001 Top Prospects competition. His shot was registered at 101.6 mph, though I forget what his exact time in the skating was. He has good hands, and has really worked on controlling his temper and not taking stupid retaliation penalties.

Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised to see him put up better numbers over his career than a guy like Scottie Upshall.

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