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12-28-2012, 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by kingsfan View Post
I'm not saying he should or shouldn't have been named number one, but I do recall watching Richards back in his draft year and thinking the guy had an amazing compete level. I didn't think he'd be as good as he is in the NHL (I figured he'd be an ideal 3rd line centre who could chip in as a poor man's 2nd liner), but he was a treat to watch in Kitchener.

I recall him taking on Corey Perry in a playoff fight and giving him a good run. Richards was all heart on the sleeve back then. He's not quite that now, but he's still a heck of a competitor and it's why he's my favorite King and favorite NHLer.
I think part of it is maturity, part is injuries and part is the hit he put on David Booth a few years ago. He said he wouldn't blindside someone like that again and he hasn't. He was pretty shaken up when he saw Booth lying there. He still hits to hurt like he did to Krejci in the 2010 playoffs but he doesn't seem to hit quite as much but picks his spots instead.

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