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12-03-2012, 02:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Ohashi_Jouzu View Post

Sure, he's versatile. Versatile but small, and was a non-factor against the Russians - who might not even be the team's toughest challenge.

Senseless hyperbole. Puck control is one of his greatest strengths, and 3rd/4th lines who can maintain possession while their top two lines rest are just as valuable as those who go out and bang bodies. I've been one of the more vocal about the value of MacKinnon's two-way play when evaluating him versus Drouin, but "Drouin can't play defensively" and "useless if not on a scoring line"... just as blanket statements...? lol. Plays good enough defense that his skills/offense end up making everyone forget about Hudon 15 minutes into camp, imo.
Hudon was effective in the CANRUS games in Halifax, but not so much in the SSS... As many have said before, energy role over scoring...

And I agree with your assessment of Drouin. He can control the play and isn't bad defensively.

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