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12-20-2003, 06:51 AM
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Originally Posted by IslesFan17
The Islanders don't have any playmakers, it's very difficult for Yashin to get a good scoring chance without one.
He doesn't need playmakers, he needs puck obtainers - they obtain the puck (via speed, checking ability, positioning etc.), feed to Yashin, who will then set up his shot from anywhere (some hopeless), and, if not a goal, then the puck obtainers need to retrieve the puck, and dish it back to Yashin to repeat process. The puck obtainers do not need to be gifted scorers themselves (in fact that hurts since Yashin wants to score himself), nor the best passers, since Yashin will move to open ice around the boards to be dumped the puck. Puck obtainers also help Yashin in his defensive game, as they are good defensive players by the style they play.

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