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02-15-2013, 11:34 AM
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Washington, D.C.
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I never thought he was a great hockey player. His skating is terrible, and doesn't have great hands, or a great shot.
He has good vision, and playmaking ability, thats about as far as it goes. He's past his prime now. Gotta get younger.
Well, your criteria for what constitutes a "great" hockey player might be a little off then.
His skating is average (not terrible, please don't let Grabner blowing by him cloud your judgment here), and yeah, he doesn't have great hands or a great shot. He is a great player in spite of those things because vision, playmaking ability and hockey IQ are far more important. These are also reasons to expect, or at a minimum hold out hope, that his decline won't be as precipitous as some are worried it might be. They don't just go away over night, as traits like strength and skating might, hence me thinking it's a bit early to panic on him.
And about getting younger, you might want to rethink that statement after re-considering the overall makeup of the team and the short-term goal of winning the Stanley Cup. Youth does not equal playoff success unfortunately.
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