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01-13-2013, 12:57 AM
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Originally Posted by FlashyG View Post
Abdelkader is definitely not a great center, but he's much much better than Emmerton at the position. Emmerton has no physical edge, is the worst faceoff man on the team, is a nightmare defensively and is only a year younger.

Emmerton would have trouble cracking even bad teams line-ups at C.
One, Emmerton isn't that bad at faceoffs.
Two, Emmerton is far from a nightmare defensively. I remember when people used to say he's "already a good defensive forward' back when he was in the AHL. I don't think it was true. But Emmerton is a smart hockey player. Smarter than Abs. And Emmerton is a superior skater.
He's not as big. But Abdelkader isn't a giant, either.

I dont' care if a center has a physical edge,. I care if a center can skate well enough to cover the rink, goal-line to goal line.

Emmerton will be a regular center in the NHL in 2-3 years. Will he be a good one? I don't know about that. But I think he'll be a useful player.

IMO, Abdelkader isn't useful as a center

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