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07-06-2012, 08:50 PM
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Originally Posted by hockeyfreak7 View Post
Statements like these are absurd.

Forsberg (and every hockey player on the planet) developed his style of play at a very young age. It's not something that you just "flip a switch" and become a better goal scorer if you set your mind to it.

Very rarely do players add such elements to their games by sheer will. The only player that comes to mind is Steve Yzerman when he went from a one dimensional offensive star to an incredible 200 foot player. It's no wonder considering that he had the best coach of all time behind him, though.
Crosby sure improved his goal scoring the last few years by intentionally working on adding elite goal scoring to his repetoire. Spezza now works at and scores a lot more goals then he did earlier in his career when he was predominantly the set up guy on the Pizza Line. Forsberg almost certainly could have focused on scoring goals more and been successful. But he didn't so you can't give him credit for being an elite goal scorer.

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