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04-22-2013, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by nabob View Post
What does that have to do with RNH and especially Gagner getting owned in puck battles and faceoffs consistantly by the likes of Kopitar, Richards, Carter, Hanzel, Big Joe, and Getzlaf.

No one ever said small players cant be good defensively. RNH has been great this season in his own end while playing all year with a torn labrum. Gagner on the other hand has looked as bad as he did in his previous 5 NHL seasons.
That was in reference to the prior poster saying we needed a big selke-calibre forward...

And size really doesn't matter that much if we're talking about puck battles... and certainly not faceoffs. Size does not equate to grit, faceoff, or puck possession capabilities.

Originally Posted by dnicks17 View Post
So it sounds like Lindholm has pretty good size(6'0'' 192lbs), has put up incredible SEL pre-draft numbers, is a creative playmaker, with top-end work ethic and is also very physical.

Why isn't he rated higher?

Is he not a great skater or something?
Skating is the primary concern but from what I've read it's more the fact of having elite prospects in front of him in the draft.

Here's a random scouting report on him for anyone who is interested:

"Lindholm is a talented centre with excellent vision and playmaking ability. He has soft hands and excellent stickhandling. Lindholm has patience with the puck, and is very creative, able to thread passes through small openings. While he is more of a playmaker than a scorer, his shot is decent, and his release good. With a little more bulk, he may be able to add some power. He works hard in the corners and wins battles, but again needs to gain a little bit more muscle on his frame for NHL hockey. A key asset is that Lindholm is unafraid to go to the dirty areas of the ice to make plays though, and loves to finish his checks.

Lindholm seems to have a very wide skating stride, that seems awkward at times. However this gives him tremendous balance, and allows him to be very strong on the puck, and gives him the ability to fight off hits, hooks, and holds. It really doesn’t diminish his skating too much either, as he has good top end speed and acceleration. His agility and edgework are strong and compbined with his soft hands allow him to make precise dekes around defenders.

Lindholm has an effective defensive game, as his willingness to throw his weight around extends to the defensive zone. He works hard on the back check and understands his defensive responsibilities down low. He works hard on the backcheck, reads the play well, and effectively handles his responsibilities. His complete game is very well developped for an 18 year old player.

Stylistically Lindholm’s game reminds us of Peter Forsberg. Now again, this is a style comparison only, and we would like to avoid saying he’ll be as good as the Hall of Famer. In terms of potential, we see Lindholm’s ceiling as a point per game player who can be used in all situations, and play big time minutes on the first line in the NHL."

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