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03-17-2013, 05:35 PM
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Oates played absolutely nothing like Crosby did.

And no, he wouldn't be tearing up today's NHL (at least, any more than he did his own). Today's NHL is about speed, speed, speed. Oates didn't have much of that.

Trying to think of a playmaker his size, with his lack of mobility (relative other all-star type players), that's had a lot of success post 2005. I guess Savard would be the closest, but Savard had an additional coat of slickness that Oates just didn't.

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