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02-19-2013, 12:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Kriss E View Post
It's called maturity.

PK doesn't have the creativity of a Markov to QB a PP. Chara doesn't have it either. Actually, very, very few in the NHL do. In no way does this mean he lacks vision.

Seems like everybody has a different definition of hockey sense.

If at 27-28, PK is still making some silly mistakes, often, then sure, call it a lack of hockey sense. But he's a 23 yo kid with 2 years of NHL experience, not a veteran.
He is still developing and progressing. I see it a lot more as a lack of maturity in trying to do too much, not being a step behind because of not understanding the game.
It's not about not understanding the game when talking about hockey sense. Sure, PK has to better learn when to pinch, when to shoot, etc. but that's normal. Hockey sense/poise/awareness/creativity/vision, whatever you want to call it, is a talent. And the top guys are elite in that category.

What do you think made Gretzky so special? His skating, shot, strength?

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