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02-13-2013, 03:08 PM
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Dr Jan Itor
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Originally Posted by State of Hockey View Post
I could go on an on, but to sum it up, it's a lack of talent. And specifically it's in the skating category. This game is won on speed. Without it you have no chance. You can have all the other skills in the world. But when you have no time or space to use them, they're useless. The old regime put a lot of emphasis on skating. This regime does not. In fact I'd say it means little to them compared to other skills. And that mistake is going to hurt us for a long time.
Parise, Cullen, Bouchard, Mitchell, Clutterbuck and Setoguchi are all have "speed".

Granlund is probably average. Same with Brodziak and Coyle.

Koivu and Heatley are the only one's that I'd really deem as "slow".

The problem is that aside from Parise and Bouchard, our fast guys don't have a whole lot of offensive intelligence.

The previous regime, while valuing skating, didn't value a whole lot of other important skills, a mistake that we have been paying for for quite a while now.

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