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05-17-2013, 09:02 AM
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Originally Posted by voxel View Post
If Nurse has "hockey IQ" issues according to scouting reports then I want nothing to do with him. i.e I like MPS and all, but you can't draft based on size + speed and ignore hockey sense.
I'm not sure how one could argue that MPS lacks hockey sense. He lacks some physicality and has had confidence issues adjusting to the NHL. And, he had to work on the defensive side of the game when he broke into the league, but he'll be on the good side of 40 points next season. MPS has been feeling his way around and it's taken him a while to find his groove, but he is finding it. This season MPS will drive to the net more consistently and become much more of a threat offensively. There was certainly no mention of his lack of "hockey sense" in any of the scouting reports that I've ever seen. In fact, Hockey's Future says, "Offensively, he is also blessed with above average hockey sense, nice technical skills and the ability to set up his teammates with passes."

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