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02-18-2013, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Alflives View Post
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.
But being physical or good at stickhandling if it doesn't actually lead to any positive results is kind of useless, especially when you're logging a lot of minutes. The Canucks wanted Kassian because they hope he can dominate physically and create room for his linemates which will lead to shots and goals.

There's something to be said for a wrecking ball type player on the 4th line who'll soften up the opposition and whose effect isn't necessarily felt on the scoreboard, but Bieksa being on the smaller side for a defenseman certainly isn't one of those guys. If his poor shot differential and possession numbers start to lead to a bunch of goals against then his other attributes aren't going to be much comfort.

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