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12-08-2012, 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by newfy View Post
Hmm I just read that recently I could've swore it was them talking in that interview where I heard that. I'll look for where I saw that. Basically said Dumba almost didnt get invited but Sutter put in a good word and that Sproul and Murphy are going to be in a battle for the PP specialist spot. They both could make it though since it doesnt seem like the staff is high on Dumba.

But in reality if Murphys coach wasnt coaching that PP spot should be Sprouls this year. It'll be interesting to see how it all plays out.
Do they take the 6'4 kid whose producing a bunch of offense and can hit, or the coach's player who isnt doing anything special offensively this year and is like 5'10 or 11 with no physical game.
Murphy would probably make it over Sproul if it was another coach too. First off, stats don't matter, it's talent level. Everyone know's Murphy is just about a better offensive defensemen than everyone ahead of him in scoring. Kitchener has only been getting offense from Puempel this year, and Puempel is more likely than not to generate offense on his own. Defensemen need finishers more than anyone else, and it's hard to put up gawdy numbers when they don't have them. No defensemen is PPG on Kitchener.

You've said before you've watched Murphy, but you saying he has no physical game really makes me question that. He's got probably the best hip check in the CHL, he's not afraid to go into corners (Battles he more often than not wins), and he doesn't shy away from contact. He's no bruiser but he's got a physical side.

Anyways, Sproul isn't the skater Murphy is, Sproul doesn't have the dynamic ability. Sproul isn't any better defensively (Murphy is the best defensemen defensively, on the best defensive team in the CHL). Sproul is a longshot, especially considering almost all the defensemen who are locks have a strong offensive game except Harrington. Murphy and Rielly will get the PP time, Murphy and Rielly will anchour the defense on their respective scoring lines. They don't need Sproul.

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