Alexander Perezhogin Vs. Chris Higgins
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10-28-2006, 01:42 PM
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In the AHL , i think that Perezhogin showed that he was on the same league than Higgins . He also showed that he was good when playing on the first line last season .
I don't say he will be equal or better than Higgins , but don't see how you can pretend that he never will be as good as Higgins .
One as a "barely NHL hockey sense" and the other has "Top-20% Hockey sense". Perez will improve on this over time, but will never, never get to where Higgins is, right now. I think Perezoghin has legit NHL skills by now, and his game without the puck drastically improved since last year, as he's able to put his speed to use on this department. Also, Perez still has some consistency issues (which appears again to have much better this year, as we actually see him do something on the ice, even if he isn't scoring).
And Higgins is a much better finisher by now -- while Perezoghin could take shooting lessons for Oleg Petrov.
And Perezoghin strong points (or the ones he's superior to Higgins) aren't that much superior to Higgins -- Perezoghin is a better skater than Higgins, but only by a slight margin.
Perez belongs in the NHL for sure : wheter it is a an offensive-minded 3rd line guy who brings his speed to help a checking line, while notching roughly 30 pts a year, or as a speedster like Afinogenov who lacks the finish to be a legit 1st liner (I see Afinogenov as red hot by now, not as a break-out), but that could be a great 2nd liner, is uncertain.
I think he's the most improved forward this year (Higgins was already that good last year, Ryder/Bonk injured...), and the 2nd most improved guy on the team behind Mark Streit (Sorry Komo, you're 3rd). As I said somewhere else I can't remember of, Higgins could very well be considered a top-20 skater in the whole league by the end of this season. I don't see Perez getting near this point in his career.
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