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11-12-2012, 04:10 PM
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I think it was more exciting in the sense that you weren't sure what was going to happen on any given play. Nowadays, players are much more predictable because they make safer plays more often. You still have your Datsyuks and Malkins scoring highlight reel goals, but the further you go down the talent totem pole the more players seem to become generic.

As fas as talent goes, I think the NHL is far more ripe with it than it was in the 80's, given the advanced training methods, influx of Europeans and such. Unfortunately they seem very reluctant to make risky plays and would rather adhere to a system that is likely better at suffocating offense, risk and excitement that creating it. Over-coaching IMO, being the root of the problem.

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