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10-22-2013, 02:12 AM
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Originally Posted by voxel View Post
I hate the working hard (compete) argument. Oilers forwards work just as hard but they simply are terrible at protecting the puck and/or make idiotic passes through sticks or to nobody.

Avs forwards are similar to the Flames forward but with more skill. Watch the opposition try to take the puck away from Lando... They can't. Old Smyth used to be like that...
I'll agree - the effort is certainly there. The size and strength simply is not. That's why our forwards spend more time flailing on the ice than any other team - these guys are trying their hearts out, often sustaining injury, to protect the puck. They're just simply boys against men.

Without gritty top-9 players that can play the boards/puck-protection/puck-retrieval game that we've assigned our gluttony of skill players to do - these guys are just going to fail over and over again.

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