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04-09-2013, 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by PocketNines View Post
Gagner has gotten better than he was. I'm not super high on him being the right guy in this system but it'd be unfair to ignore that he's improved.
Oh, I'm not ignoring it. I'm just considering things like:

How does he play in his own zone?
How does he play along the boards?
How well does he use his body?
How structured is his game?
How well does he manage the puck?
How well does he drive the play forward?
Is he capable of/willing to play a North-South game?
Can he play with a grinder's mentality?

I wouldn't call any of those things "strengths" for Gagner, and some of them are outright weaknesses. All of them are probably fairly important to Hitchcock, to one degree or another. It's simply hard for me to believe Gagner's the sort of center the Blues would target (assuming they are targeting one).


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