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01-31-2013, 11:21 PM
Northern Neighbour
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Originally Posted by tfong View Post
But those are examples of drafting skill and getting the grit as a bonus. I think aside from Brouwer, all those players originally started off as skilled draftees that later added grit to their game (might be wrong on the Ladd one though).

I specifically used the word determination as I believe nobody really classifies Toews as gritty, but more so determined in that he will play however style in order to win. So he can play skill or gritty.

Most times when you get a "gritty" player that is all they can do and we don't really want that as you can see from our last 4-5 years.
That's fair. But like I said, you still need grit on your team to win games. You're original post basically supported my original premise - that the best teams do have gritty players. I never said that these players have to be top-6 forwards; I just said that teams need them. IMO, the Flames don't have enough of those guys - those grinders who crash and bang and who go hard to the net. It's great to score pretty goals, but teams also need guys who will score the dirty goals. The Flames don't have many of these players.

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