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12-23-2012, 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Habs View Post
No, he just never had the foot speed to justify being a first round pick. He was a good player in the WHL, tough as nails... just a worse version Todd Harvey. A lot of players in that era never could translate from the WHL, it was a really low quality league for skating back then.
And also the fact that hockey sense wasn't THAT much scouted the way it is now. While some still exist, the idea of becoming bigger and grittier was way more simpler back then than it is now where while you want to become bigger, you also take into account a whole lot of other things. Back then, we needed to become we went with Bilodeau and Co. True that foot speed was also seen as something they would all be able to improve which also wasn't true. Yet, the league back then was not as speedy as it is now. Tons of players ended up being good NHL'ers with average speed. But something hasn't changed is that hockey sense is the key ingredient. Mixed with a whole lot of other things like organization dumbness, players not willing to do the sacrificies and so on.

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