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12-25-2012, 12:53 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.
There were also a few times were he got some chances on an offensive line and would just drop the gloves 10 seconds into a shift playing with Recchi, for example. I know he didn't get that chance too often but it was frustrating to watch the couple of times he did.

That's more what I was getting at with spot picking, but what you're saying is right too. Even Matt Higgins, another one of the Habs 90's 1st rounders had that same WHL skating quality. Things have changed a lot since then for sure.

If I recall correctly the Habs were really wanting Doan and thought he'd be there for sure, not sure what changed with Winnipeg, although I could be wrong too.

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