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01-15-2013, 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by krazyhawk View Post
It is when you're the size of Gaudreau.Bigger players can get away with mediocre skating not so with little guys.And if you dont know this then you're the one who knows nothing about hockey.It is not the only factor,but it is a major one.The one thing all little guys have in common in the NHL is the ability to skate and skate well.Without it they don't last very long.
Strength is a major factor, at least in what separates the guys who might make it and the guys who don't. Obviously, if you're 5'7 and you're an average skater you have really no hope in the first place, so in that respect you can say it's the biggest factor perhaps. Really everything is important when we're talking 5'6-5'8. You have to have a loaded toolbox to make up for your height, not only in terms of the game itself but also to ever get a fair chance.

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