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07-11-2013, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by chosen View Post
I played college hockey and while fighters were necessary then, they no longer are.

Hadfield was a fighter but he did score 50 goals.

Fighting used to be a rite of passage. Tough guys would come up and fight and then become hockey players. Guys like Ferguson, Kurtenbach, Probert, Neely, Hadfield, Tocchet, and so on. You didn't stay if all you could do was fight. At some point it changed and the age of the one-dimensional goon appeared. Now they are disappearing again. Sather seems to have not figured this out yet.
So in summary, this is what the quintessential power forward should be like: "Skates like the wind, shoots like lightning, hits like a tornado."

Players in the mold of Glenn Anderson, Mark Messier, Gordie Howe, Cam Neely, Eric Lindros, Gary Roberts (before serious injuries slowed him down) - all Lightning Bruiser-type first line power forwards. Didn't former Flyers coach Terry Murray say that power forwards of this ilk were the future of the NHL when he formed the Legion of Doom line (LeClair-Lindros-Renberg) back in 1995? That's been a time-tested essential for success in the NHL.

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