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06-25-2012, 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Beacon View Post
That's because the #1 predictor of how good a player turns out is his IQ (assuming his size, speed and hands aren't absolutely awful). But IQ/hockey sense is hard to figure out, so scouts are cheating by looking at scoring statistics, size, speed and other things that are easy to identify.

But someone who has average size, speed and hands, but a great IQ can turn out to be a great player.
No, not really. IQ is extremely important. But not really more than skill or natural attributes.

Take James Sheppard. One of the smartest players I have ever seen. But he washed out. Why? Because he was all IQ.

IQ is only part of the puzzle.

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