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12-17-2013, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Beef Invictus View Post
I can agree with this. If anything Simmonds is better with the puck on his stick, because when he's on his game he can at least charge through the neutral zone and skate straight up to the goalie. When was the last time Schenn did anything like that? Unfortunately, Simmonds' go to move when he gets to the net is to slam the puck into the goalie's leg pads as hard as he can, as if he expects that this is finally the time when he'll blow the puck through the goalie's leg, scoring a goal and crippling the netminder beyond what modern medicine can repair. Unsurprisingly, that has routinely failed to happen.
Simmonds should be playing more like Tomas Holmstrom, and less like a traditional power forward. That's not to say he can't ever skate with the puck, but you want his linemates doing the heavy lifting in regards to puck possession. Schenn has the ability to be more of a puck possession player, but I'm not sure why he pulls away from it. Right now, they play similar games, with Schenn having the potential to be more.

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