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02-18-2013, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by pitseleh View Post
Not necessarily in terms of production but instead being a guy that catalyzes the offense by getting the puck moving out of the defensive zone efficiently and smartly joining the rush.
Physical play, like anything else a player does, is not valuable in and of itself - it's valuable to the extent that it helps the team score or prevent goals. Those are the only two things that ultimately determine who wins and loses the game. Describing physical play as the same as those two other things is asinine. It's like saying Patrick Kane is especially valuable because he's a good stickhandler.
Actually, it's 100% correct to define physical play as part of a player's "toolbox". Would you say that Kassian does not have that as part of his skill-set? Did the Canucks trade Cody Hodgson (a one dimensional player - offense) for a one dimensional player? If that's the case, then Vancouver lost that trade, big time.

Oh, and by the way, stickhandling is part of the offense skill-set, just letting you know.

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