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09-17-2012, 08:52 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
A player's skating ability is never as black and white as "he's a good skater" or "he's a bad skater" or anything like that. There are some things about Tangradi's skating that are good, some that are OK, and a few things he should continue to work on.
His straight-away speed from A-to-B is good, not just for a guy his size but even for a smaller player. His cuts are bad though, he takes wide cuts that often take him too far out of the play, typical of big players but still something he can and should correct. His balance seems OK, but for a guy that's going to make his living in the trenches, you'd like to see it be a strength. Probably needs work on his lateral mobility and transitional skating too, but I honestly don't remember specifics about these aspects. The biggest thing he needs to work on isn't about technique, but rather mentality. He needs to keep his feet moving more, but still also be able to make plays while going at that full-tilt speed. That's going to end up being the difference between Tangradi being the next Ryan Malone or the next Chad Kilger, I think.
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