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02-08-2013, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by rumman View Post
my point would be proven if the Leafs could ever earn a playoff spot. Kessel is invisible against boston, because they play rough playoff hockey, IMO Kessel needs some size/nastiness to enhance his game and give him room to put the puck in the net. Kadri reminds me of a little terrier, oh he's game, but a rotweiler would quickly tear him apart.
Yeah I like that analogy.

No doubt Kessel would benefit from a big body guy who can control the puck down low. Either in the form of a LW or a C.

One thing thats been evident with Kessel throughout his time here is that he scores way more goals off the rush than he does in a more "set" offense (for lack of a better word) in the offensive zone. Alot of it has to do with the fact that he's been playing with guys like Bozak and Lupul who are quick and can cycle but aren't good enough to control the puck against the boards and hit kessel in the slot.

JVR is a guy who could develop into that... but a big body like Getzlaf or Thornton would be a huge asset.

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