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06-19-2012, 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by feeel10 View Post
i agree thats not very scary in terms of hitting and intimidation. Still, hall and yakupov have some edge to their game. But hemsky, eberle and RNH is weak. Might be to soon to tell for grigorenko but hes still 6"3 almost 6"4 ( draft combine stats), hard to predict how strong a player will be in the future..
Eberle and Hemsky do fairly well in battles, Eberle especially. Hopkins is so elusive he doesn't need to engage in too many, and can hold his own suprisingly well and should be fine as he gets older (he's 6'1). None of them are grinders but they can compete. There is a difference between small and competitive and small and soft, look no further than Detroit. The Oilers don't have any soft forwards IMO, and i really don't think they were tossed around all that much last year. I do think a couple big top 9 forwards would help alot but i don't think the offensive players up front will be rendered uncompetitive due to their size.

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