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02-20-2013, 03:11 AM
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Originally Posted by juantimer View Post
Eh? To my eye havlat is one of the faster players on the team.
Wasn't Havlat's nickname mach9?

Skating speed is always a little tough to judge. For example, Couture has a certain quickness to his game that cover's up his average skating. Thornton's hockey sense and ability to burst cover his average skating. Forwards like Torrey Mitchell have great North-South speed, but poor hockey sense often nullify it.

For forwards, Marleau and Havlat have elite speed. Take "below average" and go one below, and you get Clowe.

Galiardi and Gomez are above average (Gomez has that same quickness to his game). Desjardins is trending to above average; Burish is trending to about where Desjardins is. But the fast guys all suffer from Torrey Mitchell syndrome. Handzus is in Clowe territory.

For defensemen, it is again interesting, since skating and skating speed require much more context. Just 6-8 years ago, every current Sharks defenseman would be considered a better than average skater, save for Murray, who'd be a step below average. The league as a whole is definitely trending towards a higher standard.

Boyle is elite. Burns is well above average and definitely elite for his size. Demers is above average. Murray is below average, though honestly not as bad as Clowe is (relative to his peers).

Just some thoughts....

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