Rattie, Schwartz or Jaskin?
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12-08-2012, 04:31 AM
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Strange, considering Schwartz battled very well in his NHL games. His first goal, for example, came from some excellent digging in the corner and winning the puck from larger guys. That's just one example, but is not atypical - he's a battler.
If Schwartz fails at the NHL level, I don't think it will be due to not being "strong enough on his stick," but a combination of lacking size and speed, making him easier to defend, regardless of how strong he is on his stick.
We're not talking Sejna, for a recent example, who lacked size, lacked speed badly, AND lacked the willingness/ability to dig and take a hit. Sejna and Mongeau didn't debut in the NHL until their mid-20's. 25 in Mongeau's case. They were already completely developed as players and there was a reason they hadn't hit the NHL before. Schwartz has a lot more to prove, but he's already shown he can hold his own in the NHL at
. Calling your assessment "fair" doesn't make it fair.
No reason to get defensive. I want him to turn out to be a stud too. Just watching him from the on set how he has played, a buddy of mine also made mention that his play reminded him of Michel Mongeau. He was a very skilled player. Hopefully, he can develop the rest of his game away from the puck and not be tabbed a power play/offensive specialist. I want him to turn into a Andy McDonald or the tiny Cliff Ronning too.
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