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12-04-2012, 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Minister of Offence View Post
He scores as much as players that are much more skilled than he is. When your as smart as he is, you have more time with the puck, you get more chances to make things happen with it, and often in better places on the ice.

This is the point I was trying to make. His best asset is his hockey sense and if it was merely average or on par with most other plays, there's a decent chance he'd be a 2nd line center in the league as some thought he might be when he was drafted.
I get what you're are trying to say but some of his skills are definitely 1st line material with or without the hockey sense. I agree that his hockey sense is what makes him an elite player (easily one of my favorite center in the NHL) but he still has incredible tools to work with.

I think his game "away" from the puck is the part that benefits the most from his hockey sense. The guy makes so few mistakes it's incredible. He just knows where to be at the right moment. Easily one of the most complete player in the league.

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