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07-19-2012, 07:58 PM
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What makes you say Moller isn't a Sutter player?
A Sutter player is one who can forecheck and backcheck effectively in both zones. You have to have "size," toughness, a willingness to hit people and good enough skating ability to nail someone with force. And you have to be able to put a puck in the net once in a while. Thus after 3 or more periods in a seven game series, a team full of Sutter guys will wear down the other team by the middle of the series an impose their will by game 5, if it gets that far. (I put size in quotes as there are big guys like King and Nolan who use their size effectively, and then there are guys who play bigger than their physical size like Brown and Richards...both kinds are effective Sutter players.)
For example LA faced a motivated, talented, gritty and somewhat deep team in NJ. First two games our big forwards netted us a couple of OT wins. By game six, despite NJs momentum, we not only crush them by five goals, skating wherever we feel like, more importantly we limit them to one goal in a game they wanted desperately. Penner, Carter and King > Parise.
Moller is a Lombardi player, lots of heart. But he's an ineffective checker who often goes in head first and comes out a stretcher. He's small and doesn't use his size correctly. He could do some damage on Edmonton's third or fourth line but he's not even beating out bottom six guys like King, Nolan and Lewis let alone top players there like Stoll and Fraser.
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