Thread: Helene St. James Tough Sledding
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03-19-2013, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Winger98 View Post
They are bigger than the 5'11'' 175 that Tatar rings up at. And I think Cleary is a prime example of what happens when smaller guys consistently try to play a bigger game. You can't tell me that part of the reason he's had such a hard time staying healthy is that he's played a game his body wasn't suited for.

And I agree, I'd put Tatar or Gus on Datsyuk's wing now.
Yeah, they're bigger. But they're big enough or skilled enough to win battles.

Tatar plays with the speed and intensity and quickness to win battles. And Tatar can create space with skill. Those idiots think that kicking the puck around and losing a battle is good enough.

What I am saying, these guys don't create space. It's a myth.
Todd Bertuzzi creates some space, despite all of his giveaways, because he's 6'3, 240 pounds and people watch their back when he's on the ice.
Justin Abdelakder is a plug. Look how much better Drew Miller looked on Z's line than Abdelkader looks on Pavel's line.
Cause Miller skates, he's higher energy, and has an IQ.

Abdelkader is playing what Brett Hull called "stupid hockey." Coach Babcock loves having guys like that, maybe because Babcock was a no-skill player who had to kick pucks around the boards his entire career.
I got no problem with Abs playing a 4th line wing/PK role.

But I'm sick and tired of people making excuses for the Datsyuk-Abdelkader line.

It makes no sense.

Everyone thinks we're going to be better when healthy.

Having Helm back will help. But when Bertuzzi and Sammy join... we're just last year's team -- except older, slower and worse on defense.

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