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04-22-2013, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by jmoss45 View Post
Yes, for the most part I agree. Size can be overrated, and drive is worth more than size.

But, consider the centre in Edmonton matching up with the Thortons, Keslers, Getzlafs, Kopitars of the West? In that situation, being a bigger defensive guy is more valuable. People will point to Datsyuk, but he is an anomaly/freak.
Again... Lindholm is 6'0 and weighs more than Monahan. Monahan is also a year older than most in the draft so by all means should be bigger.

And in regards to your example... Toews is 6'1. Couture is 6'1. Plekanec is 5'9. Mike Richards is 5'11. Since when is height indicative of what kind of competition a player can handle?

Let's look at Selke winners over the past decade and a half...

Bergeron: 6'2, 192lbs, 1x winner
Kesler: 6'2, 202 lbs, 1x winner
Datsyuk: 5'10, 190 lbs, 3x winner
Brindamour: 6'1, 205 lbs, 2x winner
Draper: 5'10, 188 lbs, 1x winner
Lehtinen: 6'0, 192 lbs, 3x winner
Peca: 5'11, 190 lbs, 2x winner
Madden: 5'11, 190 lbs, 1x winner
Yzerman: 5'11, 185 lbs, 1x winner

So... going back to 1996-1997, factoring in # of times won, your average Selke winner is... *drumroll please*

5'11, 193 lbs

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