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05-14-2013, 01:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Tarus View Post
He's a soft perimeter player, one of the reasons so many of us were so bullish on drafting Hall over the "big, right handed center".

He'll always be a support player in the playoffs until he adds some grit, which is unlikely at this point considering he's been afraid of physical contact dating right back to his junior days
The fact that the Bruins are so deep means that Seguin might never really be challenged to improve drastically. I remember a Jason Gregor interview with Weight (right after he retired) where he said that part of the reason why he excelled in Edmonton was because the Oilers always needed more from him, and that he liked taking on the challenges laid out before him. Hall is also improving drastically during his baptism by fire.

Of course, everyone is different. Arnott succumbed to the pressure while eventually becoming an excellent player on other teams with more depth.

As for the Capitals, currently they're basically a slightly better version of the late-90's Oilers: talented playmaking center (Weight/Backstrom) and physical scoring winger (Guerin/Ovechkin) with a decent supporting cast, a revolving door of second liners, a solid defense corps usually with one or two stand-outs, and good goaltending.

Lundqvist is a good enough goalie that only Ovechkin was a constant threat to score. As long as the Rangers defense swarmed Ovechkin, there's not much of a threat from elsewhere. Lundqvist could handle most of everyone else. Funnily, the Caps lack what the late-90's Oilers had: a secondary scoring option on the first line (Ryan Smyth before he became old).

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