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10-09-2012, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Skk82 View Post
Ryan Malone has hands, can skate well enough that he can kill penalties and uses his body effectively in traffic areas. He's been a 20 goal scorer (or on pace for it) in the NHL every season.

Eric Tangradi has 1 goal in 40 games. There is the chicken/egg debate for ice-time and production, but it's quite evident to me Tangradi hasn't got the consistency that a top pro like Malone has in terms of positioning, puck skills and shot to be a top 6 NHL caliber forward.

And that's not meant to skewer Tangradi. NHL defensemen and goalies make it about impossible for Kevin Stevens type forwards to exist. Which is why everyone's always in pursuit of the next one.
Let's at least give Tangradi one full NHL season before we make statements like this. Malone's 1st season wasn't until age 24. Tangradi is 23. I'm not predicting him to be Ryan Malone, but I'm also not ready to write him off.

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