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04-23-2013, 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Nugie Boy View Post
I think the size factor is getting blown out of proportion just a little bit. Just because a guy is 6'4" doesn't mean he will be more physical or harder to play against than a guy who is 6'0"... Just look at Dustin Brown versus Dustin Penner as an example
I agree with this.

However, a bigger player (height and weight) is harder to knock over or push around than a smaller player, regardless of skill. Penner is harder to knock off the puck than Dustin Brown. What I find most frustrating about the Oilers is the number of players who are easy to knock off the puck. Sam Gagner is a perfect example of this. The Oilers don't just need grit and physical play, they also need guys that don't fall over at the slightest amount of physicality.

A player like Monahan or Barkov probably isn't going to skate around wrecking guys with big hits, but I bet they will both be very good at protecting the puck and maintaining possession when games getting physical.

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