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11-20-2003, 11:34 AM
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Robitaille is actually a pretty decent skater but his offensive instincts are nowhere near Ribeiro.

Ribeiro should try to follow in the footsteps of Adam Oates because his skill set is virtually identical. Oates is small and never had speed but was always one step ahead of his defender and racked up points because of his passing skills, brain and hand/eye coordination.

Ribeiro is above-average in all three areas, as well. IF he can improve his face-off skills, Ribeiro will have a long, productive career in the NHL.

Can he become Oates? Maybe, maybe not but he can become an above-average NHLer on production alone.

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