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10-20-2012, 08:35 PM
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Originally Posted by 86Habs View Post
Not to pick on you - LOL - but you can't line those six forwards up together on an international ice surface - they'd get eaten alive. In terms of skating ability:

Heatley - poor
Perry - mediocre to poor
Getzlaf - mediocre (for a center)
Benn - decent @ wing, mediocre @ center
Eberle - average
Giroux - average

Heatley should be nowhere near this team. Same for Thornton. The other five may very make it (Giroux is a lock, Eberle is a near-lock, Perry and Getzlaf are 50-50, and Benn is a bit of a longshot), but if they do they'll need to be lined-up with faster skaters. Ironically, the guy you gave the least consideration to, Marleau, is probably the one best positioned to be an asset on the 2014 with his speed and special teams ability.
That's the first time I've ever heard anyone question any of those players skating ability. None of those players you mentioned are poor skaters, or even medicore skaters. They're all at the very least good skaters (Not being elite does not equal being medicore or poor), and the only one up that definitely won't make the team is Heatley, and his skating isn't the reason he's not going to make the team.

By you're considerations, Morrow - Getzlaf - Perry would be a horrible skating line yet they were arguably Canada's most effective line last olympics (Even if they weren't the most productive).

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