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11-12-2013, 05:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Johnz96 View Post
I don't understand how people can say he is slow. He doesn't have blazing speed but is far from slow.
Here is the scouting report from the hockey news on his assets
"Boasts excellent playmaking ability, great hands and an uncanny way of getting into openings. Great with the puck when under pressure, his hockey sense and defensive acumen are off the charts. An excellent skater, he can line up either at center or wing. A determined player"
And questioning his effort is even more puzzling to me.
Skating comes down to more than just speed. His edgework and balance is still tops, but the speed is not due to his groins. He can't split D's like he could 4-5 years ago. His speed is very average, likely below average for guys who are 6" in the league.

Determination part agree, won't find many players working as hard in October as May.

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