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07-07-2012, 09:42 PM
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Letang struggled to consistently play with an edge early in his career too. I can remember watching him play a game a few years ago against Atlanta and he was physical and mean all over the ice. I wondered why he wasn't doing that every game. He has begun to play that way much more consistently the past two years though. I guess it just takes time getting comfortable playing that way. Hopefully Pouliot follows a similar path. I know he said his Portland coach is always preaching to him to be more physical and harder to play against.
I believe it also depends on their body size. If Gerbe or Ellis tried to hit as much as Phaneuf then they'd be out of the league in a few seasons. Give them (Pens prospects) time to gain mass like Letang and I'm sure the hitting will pick up a bit.
How physical was Letang in the Q? Serious question.
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