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01-28-2013, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Lshap View Post
Size is probably the easiest commodity to get, which is why so many teams have instantly become bigger. Skill is harder to find, and ultimately more of a difference-maker.
That's also a function of different magnitudes of variation. The skill differentials from player to player can be massive compared to size differentials. The shortest players (e.g., Gerbe) are still 80% the height of the very tallest (Chara); the lightest players (e.g. Ennis) are roughly 60% the weight of the heaviest (Byfuglien). By contrast, skills like goal-scoring ability have much greater variation. If you take actual goals scored as a proxy indicator, the forwards who net the least goals per season (5 or less) are less than 10% as skillful as those, like Stamkos, who net 60. (I know, I know, this is far from a reliable indicator, but hopefully the general point stands),

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