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01-18-2007, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Fugu View Post
Heck, lighten up on the kid. If he can increase his production 50% by getting an increase in IT of 75-100%, then he'll easily surpass our stalwart scoring threats like Sammy, Homer, Williams, et. al.

(Creative use of stats. )
I'm not bashing Hudler... he's just not ready for a regular role. Could Detroit throw him out there for 12-15 a night on a scoring line and get maybe 20 goals 50 points from him? Sure. I've never heard one person bash his offensive upside, and I'm pretty sure I never have either. Offense isn't his problem. Everyone knows he can score.

Hudler's problem is that his defensive effort isn't there night in and night out, he's not fast, and he's not physical. That's what keeps him off the ice. Until at least one of those things is improved to a better-than-average NHL level he's just not going to get much time in a Babcock system which stresses all three as primary factors to determine position.

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