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11-11-2012, 05:12 PM
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I have to say Ryan Callahan, AINEC.

He's quicker on his feet, tenacious with the stick, has good defensive instincts, can hold formation of the PK unit on the ice, and MOST IMPORTANTLY - is willing to pressure the opposition's PP point men or hunker down and block their shots before they reach the slot.

IIRC during a playoff game on NBC this Spring, I remember Pierre McGuire saying that Callahan's PK attributes most resembled one of the best PK'ers of his era: Guy Carbonneau. Positional differences aside (Carbonneau was also an elite checking center and dominant on faceoffs), Cally and Carbo share some common traits needed for a great PK specialist.

If we're comparing strictly wingers on the PK, Callahan is similar to Mike Keane (not the NYR mercenary during 1997-98, but the third-liner in his time with the Habs, Avs, and Stars with Stanley Cups during his stints with those three teams). Ironically, Keane & Carbonneau were linemates in Montreal and Dallas!

Point still stands, Callahan is the better PKer by a country mile. If Torts assigns Cally to a more suitable role on the team (third line forward who can pop in a few goals, while also being a PK specialist), Captain Callahan has an outside shot at being a Selke Trophy nominee during the next 3 years.

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