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06-12-2013, 07:23 PM
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Originally Posted by hototogisu View Post
I can see the comparisons but I don't think Horvat will ever be as physical or the hitter that Richards is.

I certainly think he'll be gone by say 17 at the latest, but as always in the draft, it's not impossible that he slips lower. And I'd take him at 25 in a second, of course.
That might actually be a good thing. Richards has dropped off ALOT over the past few seasons, and while much of that may be attributable to his supposedly poor off ice habits, alot of that could be the wear and tear of his physical brand of hockey. Even in his prime, the best part of Richards' game wasn't his physicality, it was his completeness in every other facet of the game. The hitting was just an added bonus (IMO).

If you can snag a guy who has Richards' compete level, hockey IQ, tenacity and hands...maybe the fact that he doesn't play a firebrand style of hockey is actually a positive when everything is said and done.

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