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02-28-2013, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
It's a good line to check a team with a dominant RW with Amonte being able to score on the counterattack. If you run into a dominant LW, it might not work so well.

This would be relevant if Amonte magically became a great defensive player the instant he was traded.

You didn't date the articles that you presented, but clicking on a few, it seems the quotes about his good defensive play start in 1999.
Why would Amonte have a hard time against a tough LW more than any other player? Because he's small? Doesn't seem to have stopped him from hitting and working hard every shift , and with his speed he will be hard to play against , always on his player , even if his size would be unspectacular to a Gordie Howe type of player.

The first two quotes are from 92 and 93 , where it seems his ''grinding'' contribution was going unnoticed in the media but some guys like Messier took note of them.

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