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10-03-2012, 04:46 AM
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I am very critical of the overall speed of our bottom six forwards. Our forechecking has be awful the last two seasons in part because, apart from Helm and perhaps Abby, we generally lack the foot speed to effectively pressure the opposing defensemen. We are ALWAYS two strides too late. Eaves, Miller and Emmerton are not objectively quick players.
I think this speed situation at bottom6 could be in hell of a better shape at next season.
1. Holmström gone = anybody else in NHL is faster than him
2. Cleary has had knee problems --> surgery, he could be in his old form again. He is fast.
3. We added Tootoo, he's fast.
4. Helm, fastest player in NHL
5. Abdelkader, faster than average NHLr
6. Mursak, 2nd fastest in team
Cleary - Helm - Tootoo
Miller - Abdelkader - Mursak
That bottom6 isn't lacking speed, even Miller isn't a slow player. If Sammy is at bottom6, he's also fast skater, faster than Hudler ever was.
Nyquist is fast, Brunner is fast. I really like our speed in offensive lines.
Still, the biggest problems are at defence. Othervise, we are good team again.
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