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05-31-2013, 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by NYR Boyler87 View Post
Ah, well then my mistake.

McIlrath is a superior skater by FAR as compared to Noreau. Noreau was better positionally a couple of years ago because due to his lack of footspeed, he has always had to play the game like that to even see the ice. McIlrath has the opposite problem. His skating is fine and it allows him to step up and deliver big hits. With that, comes some positioning issues early in his career. However, it is easier to correct those bad pinches when you can skate very well as opposed to getting Noreau to skate better.

I hope that made sense. As I was typing it I felt like I went in a bit of a circle.
This was very apparent at Traverse City. I thought Noreau looked great for what he was projected. Good positioning, hard low shot, understands the game. His skating was on the slow side but can certainly improve.

McIlrath needed to work on his game but his skating was excellent. Good even for a smaller player. McI can be an important top 4 defenseman. Noreau, 3rd pair.

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