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06-23-2012, 04:44 PM
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I would normally agree with you, and I know they aren't supposed to be seen as negatives, but unless we're talking about a very talented first rounder 'two-way' indicates to me that the player doesn't have a ton of offensive skill. If a guy slipped past the first round and he's good both ways on draft day either no one saw him play or he's more than likely a 3rd or 4th liner with 20-40 point upside with an outside chance of being better. In scouting report speak, two way is somewhere after 'sweet sweet point gathering skills' and before 'hey look a 17 year old athlete that needs to bulk up'.

Clearly many guys do make huge leaps in development all the time, and the Stars are pretty exceptional at making those picks in later rounds, but it does worry me if it's the main attribute in a lot of our draftees. Two-way play is a great thing, but is often used to cover up offensive deficiencies on draft day IMO.

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