Thread: Player Discussion: Dan Girardi
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05-20-2013, 02:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Kershaw View Post
Hartikainen has better numbers than Zach Kassian, who I really like from the Canucks. Neither seem to play with a mean streak in the Pro levels yet, but it seems Hartikainen has more offensive tools. He is a good replacement for Clowe down the line. Petry 2nd and Hartikainen, done deal from me.
As much as I hate the Nucks, I'd take Kassian 10 times out of 10. The only area I'd say Harti is better is working the cycle behind the net. It's not just his strength on his skates and body positioning to shield the puck, but how he uses picks - especially the angle he'll skate around the net. I've seen him make many a vet defenceman look foolish or weak. But Kassian is a better skater, better shot, hits more, fights, still has top 6 forward potential. Harti just doesn't have the skating to be more than a grinding 3/4th liner. Maybe a Holmstrom if he learns to screen and deflect pucks better.

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