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02-11-2014, 10:57 PM
Behind Enemy Lines
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Stu McGregor picked a good game to see in Calgary. Hitmen walloped the Raiders 7-2. Most importantly he got an eyeful of power forward Jake Virtanen who rolled over P.A. with 2 goals and an assist and a sparkling +4. He did it all ways demonstrating his elite shot, powerful skating ability, and physical strength and heavy board play. His second goal was pure beauty breaking down the wing, avoiding a defender in full stride, and unleashing a rocket wrister scoring high slot. Jake now has 35 goals on the season. Stud player.

Draft rival Draisaitl had one assist and -5 for P.A. Result was not good but you notice the size and pretty solid skill set. Solid in the faceoff dot. He has two speeds - a steady coast but a strong acceleration with powerful stride when in full flight. He stapled a Hitmen player with a big hit but for the most part looks like somewhat of a peripheral player which is too bad given his formidable size.

Good vision but had at least one cross ice pass intercepted (by Virtanen no less).

Overall a statement game by Virtanen who was named Hitmen player of the month before the game. Watching this guy game in and game out I see a an elite shooter with great boots with the size and disposition to beat teams with skill or run over with physical play.

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