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07-23-2012, 07:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Lonewolfe2015 View Post
Nice read, thanks for posting this.

What do you think Sgarbossa's NHL upside and downside would be, out of curiousity? Are we looking at a top 6 or bust guy, or a possible 3rd line pest even though he is challenged physically going forward?
Once a player hits the pro's, it's pretty remarkable how some of them adapt to stay alive.

My first instinct is to say that Sgarbossa is probably a top 6 or "bust" guy. His greatest attributes are offensive ones and I don't ever see him getting strong enough, good enough defensively, and aggressive enough to be a player you'd want in your bottom six.

That said, he's a terrific skater and he's got a very low center of gravity, making him hard to stop once he gets going. If his offensive game doesn't translate as well as hoped, does he adapt and become a speedy, forechecker type? He'd have to add more aggression/physicality to his game, but he wouldn't be the first player to transform himself post OHL graduation. Adapt or die I guess is the saying that fits.

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