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11-23-2012, 09:45 AM
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I disagree that this 14 years old kid skates just as fast as Hagelin but to be honest I kinda agree with the fact that a number of juniors/minor pro guys are just as fast as NHL guys.

The difference IMO is the quicknest at which the NHL players make plays and their acceleration. They completely blow away the minor leagues for execution, that's for sure.

But I wouldn't put it past a couple of our fastest junior players to beat some NHLers in straight races.

Even for shooting/passing, I mean, how many times have we seen younger players come into their first couple of games and score top shelf on NHL goaltenders? It happens. It's not out of the realm of possibilities to say that some junior players have better skill level than a bunch of NHL guys.

Hagelin came out of the NCAA and was already one of the fastest skater in the NHL

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