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11-20-2012, 01:35 PM
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I used to train in the summer with Milan Lucic, Brent Seabrook, and Troy Brouwer (not exactly the league's best skaters but hey...). In a straight line, I was faster than all of them (but noticeably worse at everything else, comparatively). The difference was that these players played at that speed all the time and could make high-end plays at full speed.

Skating fast in a straight line is good and all but it's one of many skills. Just because you have NHL speed, doesn't mean you have NHL hands, NHL vision, an NHL shot, NHL passing, etc. etc. and can utilize all of those skills at full speed.

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