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11-01-2012, 03:15 AM
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Originally Posted by oilsp1ll View Post
That goal looked like it involved quite a bit of instinct and "just going for it." Love to see that in this kind of prospect because usually they are so measured and conservative on D, especially these big tall guys.

Never saw Pietrangelo in his draft year, but is that something he would go for/pull off? What about Hamilton?

Jones literally took off from behind his own goal line the second he saw the puck moving in a forward direction out of that scrum, looks like something Murphy or Ellis would do, not a giant. I know it's just one play but looks very promising, I hope that's something he's doing a few times a game at least. I see guys like Reinhart, and have seen guys like Cowen who are similar sizes in the Dub, they will/would rarely ever do stuff like that. They play so conservative. Don't think big Swedish guys like Larsson/Hedman would do it too often either, correct me if I'm wrong though. Adds a whole other dimension which is extremely exciting.
Pietrangelo was a bit different. Crazy skilled, but what really stood out was that he was a very smooth, composed, "make it look easy" type, with an extremely high hockey IQ. You wouldn't really see him try to dangle a guy 1 on 1 like that, at least not on a regular basis.

As for Hamilton, I would say his offensive skill at 17 wasn't quite there with Pietrangelo or Jones. Nice shot, good skater, maybe more willing to use his size than the other two, but I wouldn't say he was as smooth a puck handler or puck mover as Pietrangelo or Jones, and you wouldn't see him trying to dangle guys on a regular basis.

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