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01-25-2013, 07:02 AM
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Originally Posted by JetsAlternate View Post
I posted this a while back, but this is a look at how he scored nearly all of his goals in his rookie season. His shot seemed unstoppable back then, and his strength and speed allowed him to power through everything. He wasn't afraid to make all sorts of dekes either.

He can't seem to do that anymore.
That explosiveness is gone plus he can't seem to (doesn't try to?) cut to the net any more. The speed has left him somehow. He never rounded out his game too and relied too much on his offense but yeah this video reminds me of when between 2005-10 he may have been the top force in the game. If not that he certainly was bar none the most electrifying. That prime, that first five years he had was right up there with names like Howie Morenz, Rocket Richard, Bobby Hull, Bobby Orr, Guy Lafleur, Denis Savard, Mario Lemieux, Alexander Mogilny, Jaromir Jagr and Pavel Bure amongst the most exciting and electrifying players ever. But those guys- with injury plagued Mario and Orr being the exceptions- either fizzled out in their early 30s or peaked, valleyed then peaked again through their 30s. Will OV be the former or the latter? He seems to have valleyed at age 25-27 though, that's the weird part. More of a Guy "Buddy" Cloutier, Sylvain Turgeon, Jimmy Carson-esque trajectory to his career only at a much higher peak than those three ever had.

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