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01-23-2013, 04:05 AM
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Staying healthy most definitely has a skill component but luck plays a big role in it too.

For example, guys like Patrick Kane are able to survive.

Don't dismiss staying healthy as a skill because of luck - luck is important in all other skills too. For example, there's a lot of luck involved in shooting accuracy: sometimes shooting % is very high and a player has a career year in goals.

The main difference is that luck has a huge impact on health rather than things like shooting %. 1 instance of bad luck with shooting percentage => miss an open net (happens often for players). Bad luck with freak accident on the ice => down possibly forever.

Bad luck shooting % may last 1 shot (1 second) while bad luck with health could last forever, hence luck has a larger negative impact. That being said, that doesn't negate the skill involved in staying healthy (ie: avoiding checks).

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