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10-19-2012, 01:47 PM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Portland, OR
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I wish they'd have given him like 3-5 games up, just to see.
I don't believe for a SECOND that Ilari could be slower than Homer or Hudler.
Hudler has much more skill than Ilari Filppula though so his minimal necessary skating level is a bit lower. IFlip and Huds were supposedly about the same in terms of skating, and we all saw how ineffective Jiri was in the backchecking and transition game most of he time and that was with elite-caliber skills.
Homer is a niche player who filled a very specific role and did it at a level at most 1 or 2 players in the league could match. His skating was atrocious, his speed nonexistant, and he was a nonfactor in transition and backchecking and a liability in his own zone due to his inability to effective cover the point or keep up with his check. He was a PP specialist and subpar ES 4th liner. If not for his niche he would not have been in the NHL. Filppula wasn't ever going to fill that role and this isn't a team looking for a PP specialist to play the half-boards when we already had Datsyuk and Hudler doing it very well.
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