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10-18-2012, 07:44 PM
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I think some people undervalue the fact that Eric Lindros changed the game; from 1995-1998 he was the toast of the NHL, the player who likely would have gone first overall any of those 4 years if the NHL had a draft of it's own players. Around that time, everyone wanted their Eric Lindros, far more emphasis was placed on size with teams hoping they could draft a big player and teach him to play. Now it wasn't a positive influence, hockey got better once teams realigned and came to the logic "instead of draft a big guy and hope he can learn to play, why not draft a guy who can already play hockey" but that's not Lindros' fault

Doesn't seem like there was a race to get the next ovechkin.

You could argue that attitude was a problem but after leaving Quebec, his only feud was with Bobby Clarke (and is anyone overly shocked?) Ovechkin chased out Boudreau and Hunter and there's been plenty of clips showing him skating through the motions on shifts and giving up. Nobody questions Lindros work ethic. And the caps had a quarter of their roster russian at one point, not saying that was because of Ovi but it was obvious they made a comfy situation for him.

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