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11-21-2012, 12:18 AM
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Who was playing a physical game on Chicago's backend in 2010 besides Seabrook? Brian Campbell? Brent Sopel? For forwards, Byfuglien, Brouwer, and Ladd could all lay hits, but the strength of that team was never its physical play, it was its puck possession.
The point wasn't about physical teams either. It was about physical players. Hockey fans pop boners like 13-year-old boys as soon as they read the word "physical" about a player, or if a player is listed as being taller than 6'1". When a prospect is listed as being 6'6", what's your first though about how he plays (or how you want him to play)?
There's this false belief that physical play makes someone an exponentially better player, and it leads to tons of overrating.
Great post. To further your argument, here's a look at it statistically.
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