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08-22-2013, 02:38 PM
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Prust is actually a fairly decent hockey player. Not quite worth what the Habs pay him, but he's a quality grinder with real defensive value.
But intangibles are overrated, yes, and you don't need to be a fancystatter to recognize that. Especially as a Habs fans. Montreal has been trading away tons of quality players who went on to be valuable to other orgs, because of intangibles.
Physicality is useful, but not for its own sake. The goal is still to outscore the other guy. Physical methods of doing that (generally by using it to separate the other guy from the puck) are extremely valuable. Zdeno Chara is one of the, if not the, best defenseman on Earth in part because of his ability to do that. And in part because he can do way more than that.
Physicality for the sake of hitting guys, correspondingly, has very little value.
I try to understand your POV, but quite frankly I have a Mathman bald spot from some of the scratching. Your arguments revolve around possession and how a lot of the game skills are unnecessary or superfluous when your team has the puck. But aside from a 50/50 split in possession after faceoff, how does a team regain possession once lost. A lot of it has to do with battles of physical strength, intimidation, forcing errors through the threat of impact and quite frankly there is no measurement for that. There is no measurement for a lot of things that still exist.
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