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05-29-2013, 10:56 PM
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Originally Posted by ChesterNimitz View Post
Even 2 or 3 inches shorter, Morin would still be big. .
The whole point is that he is not 2 or 3 inches shorter: he's at least 6'6", so he finds himself in a position to push down on most forwards -hell, most players-, in the league, assuming that he has the speed and agility to get to them. That basic biomechanical advantage is fundamental. It means that most opposing players are at a disadvantage in a struggle based on strength. It also means that he is less vulnerable to a concussive facial trauma than a shorter player. Again, everything else being equal. The advantage that accrues from the height difference is not arbitrary, if indeed he has the pace to keep up with the play.

Rewind the play where Chara pushed Paccioretty into a stanchion, and invert the sizes: does Paccioretty get injured, if he is the taller player? To ask the question is to answer it, as we say in French.

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