This is the reason why Ribeiro wont have a long NHL carreer
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04-29-2006, 05:28 PM
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I think that some of the bad decisions he makes with the puck come from not being able to create enough space to use his key assets (playmaking, visions). Watching Kovalev, Markov, even Koivu, what seperates them from the other guys on the ice is that they manage to buy themselves time and space (in team sports you could argue that these two are one and the same) by making sharp cuts, accelerating and decelerating and occasionally by fighting off/through a check....
It;s the same thing with Joe Sakic (I'm using him cause I caught the first period of the dallas game last night, and the images are still vivid in my mind).
Ribs, when someone creates the space for him, seems to have the same kind of feel for the game to make great decisions with the puck and set up beautiful plays... his problem is that so often he just doesn't have that second gear, that explosive stride or that ability to fend off a check to give himself time to make the play... and so he ends up doing things that leave you scratching your head.
The frustrating thing is that he has the tools that are the hardest to teach/improve, and is lacking the tools that are "easiest"* to improve...
* I'm not saying that working out dilligently will turn him into the second coming of Bure, but strength/quickness/agility are easier to come by than the playmaking type abilities he already posesses.
Nice post. I agree wholeheartedly.
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