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11-20-2012, 01:35 PM
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NHL quality speed and NHL quality skating are two very different things.

I can only speak anecdotally; I've always been one of the fastest skaters on any team I've played for, and last year I had the chance to fool around with some NCAA-caliber guys.

My north-south speed wasn't much different than theirs, but the sheer speed at which they do everything else and make decisions on the fly was humbling, to say the least. Their lateral movement and agility in tight spaces just blew me away. And those, I think, are the abilities that matter more at a pro level.

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