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01-31-2013, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Tree444 View Post
Trying to sum up Hordichuk in 1:11 worth of ice time is as stupid as saying Yakupov is a dud because he didn't score in his first 1:11 of icetime.

Yah, his one memorable moment that game was that he took a bad penalty. And yes, he hasn't given Kreuger anything yet to be confident about.

I'd prefer a guy that can play regular hockey shifts AND be tough (Ben Eager SHOULD be that guy... if only he was a) healthy and b) willing to get dirty). But I don't like going in games where we don't have a single guy who can respond to dirty play. The only name who jumps out as a decent enough fighter is Ladislav Smid, and we're not talking about a guy who scares people at all.. nor does Mark Fistric either.

Peckham when 100% healthy can do it, but god knows when that will be.

Looking down the lineup, we don't have a single guy that can respond and make guys pay for taking liberties on our stars. I'm not 100% sure Hordi is that guy (due to his other hockey skills), but he's very willing, and when he's playing a good game he'll take liberties with the other team's stars (it's nice being on the "good" side of that battle).

So that said, I like Hordi. I'd still prefer someone like a Jason Smith type who will completely lose his sh-- on you if you touch a star player, but still has the ability to play a good hockey shift.

I laugh at the comments that we have "Petrell, Hartikainen, etc" for toughness. These guys can hit well and are strong on the puck, but that kind of toughness isn't the same as someone who keeps guys honest.

Hordichuk is unfortunately like any other player.... he isn't going to get into game shape and make much of an impact if he plays 1 in every dozen games for about 1 minute per night. But in fairness, we don't want him playing 8 minutes a night either.

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