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07-12-2013, 10:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Mjoedgaard View Post
Well hitting correlates negative with winning, so not sure I want him hitting people instead of actually having the puck (you can in general only hit people when they got the puck and if you dont have the puck, how can you shot and score?)
Hitting can get you the puck, keep the other team from moving the puck, bang up players, wear down defenseman, or draw someone into a penalty. Most 4th liners aren't going to be scoring if they have the puck anyway, so it's important for them to be able to keep the other team from scoring. That's something Rinaldo still has to work on, but his hitting and really his skating, which allows him to hit, will be very useful if he's able to turn himself into an effective penalty killer and defensive player.

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