The Offseason Thread Part VIII: The Ballad of Ricky (and) Bobby
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06-22-2012, 04:47 PM
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2 years is a small sample size? I'm not questioning his talents or ceiling. He's incredibly talented. I'm questioning where he goes at the end of the season when the team needs him the most.
I understand why you're questioning him. I just prefer the patient approach with 22 year olds. I think kids with sturdier builds can be more effective in the playoffs at a very young age. I often think of the kid line formed by the Oilers with Gelinas, Graves and Buchberger the year they won without Gretzky. They were effective (similar to the Devils and Kings' 4th lines this year) because they had the bodies that could be battering rams. Kids like Stepan, Seguin, Eberle - they need time to fill out and understand where they need to go and when to be successful in playoff games. Those types of kids with their style of game just take a little more time. I think body type plays a crucial role.
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