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05-08-2012, 11:16 AM
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The only glaring difference I can find between those two guys, for better or worse, is that Mika's got high end one timer ability that Michalek has NONE of.
Alot of the other stuff is pretty close all the way down to the frame and skating stride.
The key difference is Mika just turned 19, and Michalek is 27.
If I was to compare Mika to Milan.... Milan is bigger and stronger and it shows in many facets of the game.
Mika is the better skater (more efficent), has a quicker release, and has better acceleration. Mika also seems to have better balance and is definitely more apt to intiate physical contact.
When Mika matures physically, he will be a better player than Milan, and Milan isn't too bad himself.
Watching the NHL playoffs year after year, it isn't the fancy hockey plays that carry the day, it is just down and dirty hard work.
Which of the five teams still in the playoffs led the NHL in total goals scored? None.
Philly was closest at third, and they are on the verge of going on holidays.
Of the likely four semi-finalists, none rank in the top third, New Jersey (11), New York (13), Phoenix (17), LA (29).
These teams are being successful using size, physicality, and a punishing forecheck to create offence, as limited as it may be. They are taking away time and space, successfully neutralizing offensive creativity. The only way to win isn't by getting fancier, just working harder.
Playoff hockey is where players like Zibanejad excel. He may not always look pretty and fancy, but with his size, speed, and physical play he is built for the playoffs.
IMO he brings what the Senators were lacking against the Rangers, trading him would be a huge mistake.
If the Sens need a young prospect Dman with top 4 ability, they have lots of assets to make it happen. But none of Zibby, Silf, Karlsson, Cowen, Turris, Smith, Greening or Noeson should be made available.
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