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11-14-2012, 04:31 PM
Nalens Oga
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Originally Posted by zeus3007 View Post
You need to consider the legacy left more than stats. Neely was the first true power forward and changed the game. Fleury was a very good scorer who left a legacy of shame on the league.
There were players other than Cam Neely who were big and put up pts. In fact Eric Lindros was probably even more skilled and rougher than Neely.

But there was absolutely no one in that time period I can think of who was tiny like Fleury and put up the amount of pts Fleury did.

Now when a team drafts a small player they know that at least he can produce in the modern NHL.

But in truth, no small player has done the same as Fleury since then....Gerbe is feisty but not as offensively talented, St. Louis and maybe Ennis eventually are as offensively talented but not as rough to play against, and guys like Desharnais and Ronning aren't as feisty or as offensively talented.

But nowadays you can draft a Rocco Grimaldi without the assumption that he'll be a bust because of his size.

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